John L. Stanizzi

Connecticut teacher, author, and poet


John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, Sundowning, and POND, Feathers and Bones, Viper Brain, and SEE.

John’s poems have been widely published and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Cortland Review, American Life in Poetry, Praxis, The New York Quarterly, Ovunque Siamo, Paterson Literary Review, The Caribbean Writer, Blue Mountain Review, Rust + Moth, Tar River, Poetlore, Rattle, Hawk & Handsaw, and many others. His work has been translated into Italian and appears widely in Italy, including in El Ghibli, The Journal of Italian Translations Bonafini, Poetarium, and others. His nonfiction has been published in Stone Coast Review, Ovunque Siamo, Adelaide, Scarlet Leaf, Literature and Belief, Evening Street, Praxis, and others.

John is the Flash Fiction Editor of Abstract Magazine TV, and he has read at venues all over New England, including the Mystic Arts Café, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hartford Stage, and many others.

For many years, John coordinated the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for Young Poets at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT.

A former Wesleyan University Etherington Scholar, and New England Poet of the Year, John has received an Artist Fellowship Award in Creative Non-Fiction — 2021 from the Connecticut Office of the Arts for his work on his new memoir.

He is a retired teacher of literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT. He began teaching at MCC in 1989. He also taught at Bacon Academy in Colchester, CT. He was an English teacher, and he directed the theater program, The Different Drummer Drama Guild. He began at “The Academy” in 1992. John lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.