Props to Friends

I want to congratulate some of my friends that also went through Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program and are about to release debut books. Taylor Polites, who was part of my class in grad school, is about to release his debut novel, The Rebel’s Wife, a story about a young widow trying to survive during the Reconstruction period on Alabama. The novel has already garnered positive reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, which called the book, “A richly detailed portrait of Reconstruction-era Alabama.”

Another friend and fellow poet, Sandee Umbach, is about to release her debut book of poems, The Pattern Maker’s daughter, through Bottom Dog Press. I’m also happy to announce that Sandee will read at the next New Visions Writers Showcase, slated to run Saturday, March 31 at 7, New Visions Studio and Gallery in Scranton.

Taylor and Sandee’s books are available through Amazon. Kudos to both of these folks and everyone else from the Wilkes program that is having recent literary success!


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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