World Literature Today

Some of my poet/writer friends already posted about this on their blogs, but World Literature Today just published a working-class themed issue, edited by my friend Jeanetta Calhoun Mish. In her editorial, Mish gives a nice overview of the contemporary history of working-class writing and the various small journals and presses that support such work. Mish writes, “There are likely hundreds more tiny working-class presses and journals in every corner of the nation. They find their places in a history of working-class disruption of mainstream, middle-class literary production, following a tradition that includes pamphleteering by Diggers, protesting enclosure in seventeenth-century England, Emanuel Haldeman-Julius’s Little Blue Books that sold for ‘as little as five cents’ (Potts) in the 1920s and ’30s and were ‘small enough to fit in a trouser pocket,’ and d. a. levy’s ‘mimeograph revolution’ in the 1960s. Poetry, in the calloused hands of working-class people, is more than just self-expression; it is radical praxis, critical pedagogy, disruptive rhetoric, and a call to solidarity.” Her editorial is a nice map to this kind of writing current being published and the presses and journals that support it.

I am thrilled that Mish picked one of my poems for the issue, which you can read here. The issue also includes work by Jim Daniels, Dorianne Laux, and several Pennsylvania-based poets, including Sandee Gertz Umbach, who completed her MFA with me at Wilkes University a few years ago. To read all of the poems, click here.

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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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