Back to the Base

Tonight, I’m reading as part of the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing alumni night. I’m sharing the stage with fiction writer Taylor Polities and poets Jennifer Diskin, Laura Baudo Sillerman, and Chris Bullard. The reading will be held at 7 pm at the Dorothy i Darte Center, and it’s free and open to the public. We’re also going to be joined by National Book Award Finalist William Heyen, a poet, and Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy, a fiction writer.

Over the last 9 or 10 months, I’ve read at so many venues, both locally and out of state, but this is a reading I’m really pumped for because several of the poems from my chapbook Front Man were at the very least drafted during my time in the Wilkes program. Furthermore, as a student, I was given a lot of attention and support from the faculty, especially the poetry mentors. So, it’ll be nice to return and present some of the poems from the book to faculty and students, especially to those that didn’t read the book yet.

I’m also pleased that I’m share the stage with some alums from my cohort. Taylor and Chris started the program when I did. So, our class is well-represented.

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, come out to the reading. Again, it’s free and open to the public.

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About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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