Joel Allegretti is the author of six 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;
The Plague Psalms (2000).
He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. The Boston Globe called Rabbit Ears "cleverly edited" and "a smart exploration of the many, many meanings of TV." Rain Taxi said, "With its diversity of content and poetic form, Rabbit Ears feels more rich and eclectic than any other poetry anthology on the market."
Allegretti published a novella, Our Dolphin, in 2016.
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.
He is represented in more than two-dozen anthologies, among them:
Clash by Night (2015), poems inspired by the Clash's album London Calling;
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 Pennsylvania Literary Journal, among others.
His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa, Medicine Show Theatre, the Cornelia Street Cafe, and the Sidewalk Cafe, all in New York. He co-edited "Dear Yoko: A Tribute to Yoko Ono," a special digital issue of Nerve Lantern, a journal of performance texts and writings about performance.
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 the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.