Collected Poems by Joseph Ceravolo is now available in hardcover and as an ebook from major online book sellers. Get your copy at AmazonBarnes and Noble, or directly from Wesleyan University Press.

In 1959, Joseph Ceravolo had just graduated City College in New York City with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was taking a poetry workshop taught by Kenneth Koch at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan and had begun writing poetry in 1957 while serving in Europe with the US Army. It was while he was stationed in the German Alps on overnight guard duty that he wrote his very first poems.


Poetry was a primary love of Joseph Ceravolo's and a significant part of his everyday life. Whether you read his work for its  aesthetics and its lyrical mastery, or you love its unique sense of humor, Joseph Ceravolo's poems remain timeless to his generation and relevant in today's world of modern poetry.

Joseph Ceravolo was born April 22, 1934 in Astoria, Queens. He was the first son of immigrant parents from Calabria, Italy. He died on September 4, 1988.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7:00 pm: A reading to celebrate the poetry of Joseph Ceravolo at The Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, New York City. With David Lehman, Charles North, Ron Padgett, John Perreault, David Shapiro, Peter Gizzi, Anselm Berrigan, Eileen Myles, Susie Timmons, Timothy Donnelly, Jordan Davis, Ariana Reines, Corina Copp, Thurston Moore, and Parker Smathers.