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.

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!

Launch Day!

Well, today is the day! My first full-length book of poems, All That Remains, is out through Unbound Content. If you want a copy of the book, you can order it through the publisher by clicking here or through Amazon here.

To celebrate, I’m having a launch party tonight at The Vintage Theater, 326 Spruce Street in Scranton. The event starts at 7, and I’ll have books available. I’m also reading next week, Friday, Nov. 1, at the Seeley Memorial at Lackawanna College. That event starts at 6 p.m., and it is part of Scranton’s First Friday. There will also be student artwork, a student open mic following my reading, and live music.

It’s Getting Closer!

Only two weeks remain until my poetry collection, All That Remains, is released through Unbound Content. I am getting more anxious with each passing day, but after seeing the proof copy earlier this week, I feel more at ease. There is nothing like holding the book in your hand, flipping through pages of poems you labored over.

The official release/launch party will be held on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Vintage Theater in Scranton (326 Spruce Street). The event is free, and I will have books available for sale and to sign.  Following the launch party, I am doing readings in NJ, NYC, the Philly area, and pockets of Pennsylvania. All scheduled readings can be found on my main website.

Meanwhile, I did interviews with some of the local papers around here as well as Boston Literary Magazine, Poets Quarterly, and The Write Life. Those interviews will be posted in a week or two, and I will share the links when they become available. There should also be some reviews posted soon by PANK and At the Inkwell.



It’s Almost Here!

About a year and a half ago, my full-length collection of poems, All That Remains, was accepted for publication by Unbound Content. Since then, I’ve had a wonderful time working with the publisher in putting the book together. I’m happy to announce that the book will be out in the coming weeks. We are in the final round of edits now, and I should have the final proof copy very, very soon. I have a release party planned at the Vintage Theater in Scranton for this fall, and I will post more details about that in the next week or two. I also have readings scheduled in the Philly area, NJ, NYC, and parts of PA for late in the year into 2014. Putting this collection together was a long, hard process, as writing always is, but I’m excited and eager to share the final product with everyone soon.

The cover design was done by Jeff Smyers, who designed brilliant covers for other Unbound Content books.


Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting more updates about the book and various readings, so stay tuned!

A Forthcoming Anthology Dedicated to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

I wanted to share news with readers that the poetry press Unbound Content plans to release an anthology of poetry and prose focusing on the Jersey Shore. All proceeds will benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Here is more info about the submission process and the anthology:

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Unbound Content is publishing an anthology (title TBD) celebrating the Jersey Shore. The book, edited by poet Joanie DiMartino, is expected to release in late 2013, and proceeds from the sale will be donated to ongoing restoration charities. We are looking for prose, poetry, and artwork inspired by your recollections and reimaginings of the Jersey Shore. The focus should be more on love than loss, but send your best work for consideration. No restrictions or length limit on submissions, within reason. Send submissions to and include JERSEY in the subject line.
Writers and artists do not need to be residents of New Jersey to submit work for consideration. Deadline for submissions is 3/31/2013.
Joanie DiMartino is the author of  two collections of poetry, Licking the Spoon, (Finishing Line Press) and Strange Girls, (Little Red Tree Publishing). She is the director of the Hidden Treasures Poetry Series in downtown Mystic, CT, and hosts the Soup & Sonnets Literary Salon for women. Raised in southern New Jersey, she holds history degrees from both Rowan and Rutgers. She has fond memories of summers at the shore, and is a true Jersey Girl.