Joel Allegretti

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Joel Allegretti
OccupationAmerican poet and fiction writer
Notable work
Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016), novella

Joel Allegretti is an American poet and fiction writer.[1] His second book of poetry, Father Silicon, was selected by the Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium.[2]

He has published his work in many U.S. journals and is represented in more than thirty anthologies. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.


Allegretti's poems have appeared in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Harpur Palate, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India.

In addition to writing six books and chapbooks of poetry, he conceived and edited the anthology Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. The Boston Globe called it "cleverly edited" and "a smart exploration of the many, many meanings of TV." Rain Taxi said, "With its diversity of content and poetic form, Rabbit Ears feels more rich and eclectic than any other poetry anthology on the market."


Allegretti has published short stories in The MacGuffin ("A Pair of Wings in Search of a Bird"), The Adroit Journal ("Bird-Boy"), Thrice Fiction ("The Intruders"), and The Nassau Review ("Reassignment Surgery: Patient #A-27"), among other literary magazines.

Our Dolphin, a novella about a deformed Italian adolescent and a talking dolphin, appeared in 2016.

Performance Works[edit]

His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa, Medicine Show Theatre, the Cornelia Street Cafe, and the Sidewalk Cafe, all in New York. He was co-editor of "Dear Yoko: A Tribute to Yoko Ono," a special digital issue of Nerve Lantern, a journal of performance texts and writings about performance.

Musical Works[edit]

Allegretti has published conceptual and experimental musical compositions in Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art and in anthologies from great weather for MEDIA and Thrice Publishing.

He wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, who has released work on Naxos American Classics.


Poetry Collections


  1. Platypus (NYQ Books, 2017)
  2. The Body in Equipoise (Full Court Press, 2015)
  3. Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2012)
  4. Thrum (Poets Wear Prada, 2010)
  5. Father Silicon (The Poet's Press, 2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006
  6. The Plague Psalms (The Poet's Press, 2000)


  1. Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015)


  1. Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016), novella

Selected Anthologies

  1. Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press, 2018), "Epitaph: Edie Sedgwick"
  2. Suitcase of Chrysanthemums (great weather for MEDIA, 2018), "The Beloved"
  3. I wagered deep on the run of six rats to see which would catch the first fire: Surrealists and Outsiders - 2018 (Thrice Publishing, 2018), "Nocturne for Cabaret Voltaire"
  4. Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Poets & Writers (Bright Hill Press, 2017), "What Stéphane Grappelli Means to Me" and "The Definition of 'Museum' Reconsidered as a Portal to Infinity"
  5. A Galaxy of Starfish: An Anthology of Modern Surrealism (Salò Press, 2016), "The Body in Equipoise," "Jean Cocteau Spectacles," "The Dark Sea Breaks Heavily - A Reddish Glow Spreads Out in It - A Sea of Blood Foams at My Feet," "The Amphisbaena Reconsidered as Architectural Template," "For Immediate Release: 'House of Goodbye' Opens at Museum of Enteric Representation," and "Towards the Design and Construction of a House in the Shape of Water"
  6. Tales of Terror: The Supernatural Poem Since 1800, Volume II (The Poet's Press, 2016), "The Sea Serpent" and "Elegy for Erik, Architect of Hopeless Desire, Angel of Music, Opera House Poltergeist"
  7. Meta-Land: Poets of the Palisades II (The Poet's Press, 2016), "Poem for Mary Shelley" and "The Polka-Dot Wings Adventure"
  8. My Cruel Invention (Meerkat Press, 2015), "Prepared Piano"
  9. SHALE: Extreme Fiction for Extreme Conditions (Texture Press, 2015), "The Intruders"
  10. Van Gogh's Ear - Volume 9 (Crossroad Press, 2015), "The Not-Here," nominated for a Best of the Net award
  11. The Understanding between Foxes and Light (great weather for MEDIA, 2013), "The La Monte Young Poem"
  12. Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012), "The Belles of Grey Gardens"
  13. Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (Smalls Books, 2012), "A Concert"
  14. Chance of a Ghost: An Anthology of Contemporary Ghost Poems (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005), "Unimpressed with Offenbach, Weary of Rilke, Perplexed by Cocteau, Though Amused by Black Orpheus, Eurydice Reveals Herself to Be the Original Greta Garbo," recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2006 edition of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, published by St. Martin's Griffin


"Disputably 8th Street," "Focus," and "6 P.M. on the BQE" Sensitive Skin

"Oh, How We Love You, Second Amendment!" Poets Reading the News

"Haiku for Banksy" Live Mag!

"As I Walked a Wooded Path on a Saturday in June" The Opiate

"For Those Who Seek a Blank Canvas" Storm Cellar

"Main Street, 8:40 A.M." First Literary Review - East

"The Belles of Grey Gardens" and "Celeste at the Celeste" NYCBigCityLit


  1. ^ "NYQ Books: Joel Allegretti".
  2. ^ "Collection of Poetry about TV Coming in 2015".

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