Centolella has published three books of poetry: Terra Firma, Lights & Mysteries and Views from along the Middle Way.  His poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review,American Poetry Review,Parthenon West Review and Ploughshares,among many other magazines. His poem "View #45", was read at the United Nations as a part of Poets Against the War. "In the evening we shall be examined on love" and "Lines of Force" were featured on Garrison Keillor's Writers' Almanac on NPR. He is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
He has read at the Marin Poetry Center, and the Poetry Festival 2005 at the University of San Francisco. He has been a visiting writer at many universities and colleges.