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Joel Allegretti is the author of, most recently, Platypus (NYQ Books, 2017), a collection of poems, prose, and performance texts, and Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016), a novella. His second book of poems, Father Silicon (The Poet's Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006.


He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 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 has published his poems in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Gargoyle, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India.


His short stories have appeared in The MacGuffin, The Adroit Journal, and Pennsylvania Literary Journal, among others. His musical compositions have appeared in Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art and in anthologies from great weather for MEDIA and Thrice Publishing. His performance texts and short plays have been staged at La MaMa, Medicine Show Theatre, Cornelia Street Café, and Sidewalk Café, all in New York.


Allegretti is represented in more than forty anthologies, among them:  


  • Greening the Earth: A Global Anthology of Poetry (Penguin Random House India, 2023), which also includes poems by Charles Bernstein, Alfred Corn, Toi Derricotte, Kimiko Hahn, and Major Jackson;
  • Stronger Than Fear: Poems on Empowerment, Compassion, and Social Justice (Cave Moon Press, 2022), which also features poetry by Rita Dove, Sonia Sanchez, Natasha Tretheway, and Kevin Young;
  • Extraordinary Visions: Stories Inspired by Jules Verne (North American Jules Verne Society/BearManor Media, 2022);
  • I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe (Milk & Cake Press, 2022), which also includes work by Gwendolyn Brooks, Frank O'Hara, Sylvia Plath, and Delmore Schwartz;
  • Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press, 2018), alongside contributions from Robert Bly, Charles Bukowski, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Eileen Myles, and Patti Smith


He wrote the texts for three song cycles by the late Frank Ezra Levy, whose recorded work is available in the Naxos American Classics series. Woman on the Beach, a choral work by Lindsay Greene on his poem of the same title, had its world premiere in the 2024 Festival of Contemporary Artists in Music at Washington State University. He currently is collaborating with composers in the United States, Italy, Austria, and China.


Allegretti is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.