Alessio Zanelli


Cremona - Italy

Author's Bio

Alessio Zanelli is an Italian poet who writes in English and whose work has appeared in over 200 literary journals from 17 countries including, in the USA: AdelaideArtemis, California Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, Chiron Review, The Clarion Review, The Comstock Review, Concho River Review, Dappled Things, Eclectica, GradivaHawai'i Pacific Review, The Heartland Review, Italian Americana, Italian Poetry Review, Lit Magazine, The Lyric, Main Street Rag, Neologism Poetry JournalNorth Dakota Quarterly, Nova (formerly Sanskrit), Pacific Review, Philosophy and LiteraturePoetica Magazine, Potomac Review, San Pedro River Review, Santa Clara Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Slant, Tipton Poetry Journal, Voices In Italian AmericanaThe Wallace Stevens Journal, The Worcester Review and World Literature Today, among many others.
His fifth original collection, titled The Secret Of Archery, was published in 2019 by Greenwich Exchange (London), whereas a poetry chapbook, titled Amalgam, was published by Cyberwit (India) in 2021.
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Publications & Prizes

The Secret Of Archery (Greenwich Exchange, 2019)
Over Misty Plains (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2012)
Straight Astray (Troubadour, 2005)
Small Press Verse & Poeticonjectures (Xlibris, 2003)
Loose Sheets (Minerva Press, 2000)
Amalgam (, 2021)
Prizes won: 

His poem Dreamskimmer was highly commended by former UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at the 2007 Poetry On The Lake Competition & Festival, Orta, Italy.

His third collection Straight Astray (Troubador, UK, 2005) received an honorable mention at the 2008 London Book Festival.

His poem At A Loss was a winner of the Spring 2010 Member's Poems Competition of the Poetry Society (UK), judged by Penelope Shuttle. 

His flash fiction piece The Rag was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2022 Anthology by Nunum (Canada) and his poem Transition Hendecapoem for the Pushcart Prize 2024 Anthology by Poetica Magazine (USA).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Simon Armitage, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Louise Glück, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Edgar Allan Poe, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Derek Walcott, William Carlos Williams.
What I'm reading now: 
Musical Tables by Billy Collins, Frolic And Detour by Paul Muldoon, Selected Poems by John J. Brugaletta

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English, Italian
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Last update: Mar 23, 2023