New Reviews

I wanted to share two new reviews of my poetry collection, All That Remains. The first review was published in the Maine-based journal Off the Cost. Initially, the review was published in print only, but the editors recently uploaded content online. The reviewer, Richard Aston, says of the collection: “All That Remains works as a maturing of Fanelli’s previously published chapbook Front Man. Now he is in a position to branch out to the larger community beyond his personal experience, both in terms of personal story and time line; that which follows from the kind of study and scholarly research that will make him an excellent teacher and writer. The future may bring modifications in form, both of the line and the work itself. Whether the future form he uses is formalist or experimentimental, a doff to poetic traditions of rhyme and meter is in order.”

The other review was published by [PANK] today and written by Tricia Fidler, who had a lot of kind words to say about the book. She writes: “Like a Dylan or Springsteen record deserves more than one spin, Brian Fanelli’s All That Remains is a book that deserves more than one read. Rich in small town culture, this collection is filled with characters that have overcome the losses in life, but it doesn’t forget those who have not. It is down-to-earth and true to those often overlooked groups, the young idealists and the rural working class. Fanelli’s lyrical rhythms whisper and howl, croon and screech, reminding us there will be repercussions for every loss. At the same time, the collection leaves us with the extraordinary hope that it seems only music can bring. For whenever the music stops and all that remains are the ghostly echoes of silence, there will always be the remnants of a song.”

Many thanks to the writers for these reviews, and if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the book, please do. I’d appreciate the support. Let me know what you think of it!

Some Updates and Good News

This year has been a wild ride, for sure. Jenna and I bought a house over the summer, I accepted a full-time, tenure-track job at Lackawanna College, and I published my first full-length book of poems, All That Remains. 2013 has been an amazing year for me, a year that will probably not be repeated for a while terms of accomplished life goals. During these remaining weeks of the year, I found out that one of my poems, “After School Drives,” which is also one of the poems that closes out All That Remains, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by my publisher, Unbound Content! Furthermore, the book has been nominated by the Working Class Studies Association for its Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award! The winner of that award will be announced in May. I have my fingers crossed.

I also wanted to post a few other updates. I’m doing a few readings this month for the book. Here are the dates/info.

Sunday, December 8 3-5 p.m.

Belmar Arts Council, 608 River Road, Belmar, NJ

This event is sponsored by the Jersey Shore Writers Group. I will be reading with J. Michael Lennon and Ross Klavan.

Thursday, December 19 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Doylestown Bookstore, 16 S. Main Street, Doylestown, PA

I will be the featured reader, and an open mic will occur first.

Friday, December 20 8-10 p.m.

Art Seen Gallery, 21 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA
I will be one of two featured readers, and an open mic will occur first.

Finally, I want to note that one of my poems, “South Street, Philadelphia, Friday Night,” is in the latest issue of Blue Lake Review. Check it out here.