Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry:
The Body in Equipoise (2015);
Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (2012);
Father Silicon (2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, a list that included novels by Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Pynchon;
The Plague Psalms (2000).
He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium (NYQ Books, 2015).
Allegretti’s poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, PANK, The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, MARGIE, Fulcrum and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium and India.
His anthology appearances include:
Divining Divas (2012), alongside Mark Doty, David Trinidad and Timothy Liu;
Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (2012), which includes work by Langston Hughes, Hart Crane, Muriel Rukeyser, Billy Collins and Edward Hirsch;
Chance of a Ghost (2005), which includes poems by Dana Gioia, Naomi Shihab Nye, James Tate and Charles Simic.
Allegretti contributed a sample poem to The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop by Diane Lockward (2013). The book features craft tips, Poet on the Poem Q&As and prompt-inspired poems from Ellen Bass, Marilyn Hacker and Dorianne Laux, among others.
Allegretti's fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Adroit Journal and The Nassau Review, among other literary journals.
His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa Experimental Theater, Medicine Show Theater, the Cornelia Street Cafe and SideWalk Cafe, all in New York.
He wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose work is released on Naxos American Classics. Allegretti is a member of ASCAP.