Win a Copy of All That Remains

Wilkes University, where I received my M.F.A., is giving away a free copy of my latest book of poems, All That Remains. All that you have to do is leave a comment on the website, and you will be entered into the contest. One person will be selected at random to win a copy of the book. The book will then be shipped via UPS.

Here is the link.

Leave a comment on the Wilkes website for a chance to win. Good luck!

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!

New Review/New Poems

TheThePoetry has posted a new review of my collection All That Remains written by Scott Thomas. In the review, Thomas writes, “Fanelli’s work is approachable. He does not brandish his technical prowess with intimidating sestinas. There is no pandering to theory, nor does he flaunt his erudition by quoting obscure thinkers or having his characters speak in Latin. (Though there are some well-placed references to Bob Dylan and horror movies.) What we do find are rusting towns and their hard-working denizens, whose horizons are limited through no fault of their own. We also catch moments of tenderness and regret and glimpses of youth with chances seized or lost.”

He concludes the review with the line, “Fanelli writes about fates that he himself has escaped, but he is unwilling to turn his back, to say: ‘I’m out of here. You’re on your own.’”

If you haven’t checked out TheThePoetry, I suggest bookmarking it and visiting frequently. They run several reviews a month, as well as interviews, essays, and spotlights on different poetry communities across the nation.

In addition, I have three new poems in the new issue of Fledging Rag, which is only available in print through Iris G. Press. The issue is impressive and features a wide range of forms and voices, including three poems by my friend and fellow Wilkes M.F.A. alum Chris Bullard.

Winter/Spring Readings and a New Review

As the winter howls on, I’ve been focused on the coming spring months and rounding out the reading tour for my new book All That Remains. I will be reading around PA over the next few months, including in Tunkhannock, Gettysburg, and Lancaster.

In the meantime, I’m doing a reading in NYC this Sunday at 4 p.m. with Dawn Leas and William Wolak. This is part of the Phoenix Reading Series, and it will be held at the Upright Brew, located at 547 Hudson St. in the Village. There’s an open mic too, so if you do come, and you’re a writer, bring something to read. I will post info about the other upcoming readings closer to the dates.

In other news, I wanted to share a review of the new book that Poets’ Quarterly published. Big thanks to Andrew Ruzkowski for the review, which you can read here.

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.

Artisan Sales, Author Interviews, Book Sales, Oh My!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend with family and friends. There are a few things going on this weekend that I thought I’d share. In honor of the holidays, I, along with my publisher, Unbound Content, are offering a 25 percent discount off of my new book of poems, All that Remains. To get the discount, you need to order the book from the publisher and then use a discount code. If you are interested in the discount, leave me a message here with your e-mail, and I’ll send you the code. You can also e-mail me at Here is a link to the book.

I also wanted to mention that The Vintage Theater in Scranton is having an artisan fair Saturday from 10-4. All of the art is under $50, and it’s a great way to shop local and support local artists. I will be there selling books, so stop by and say hello!

Finally, I wanted to share an interview I just did with Open Alphabet. The website includes interviews with poets whose first collections just came out. You can read the interview here.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!