John Pietaro is a creative writer, journalist, performer, communications professional and cultural organizer. He is in the final stages of writing “On the Creative Front: Essays on the Culture of Liberation” and also deep into a first novel, "Of Seconds and Shadows". Pietaro completed a poetry chapbook, “Reels Long Lost” at the tail end of 2018 and his short story "Passing Shadows in NYC Transit" was published in the August 2018 Italian-language anthology, "Il Biglietto 2" (Genoa Italy: Sibello) edited and translated by Erika Dagnino - http://www.erikadagnino.it/Pagine/news.htm
Other credits include “Night People and Other Tales of Working New York” Pietaro's collection of short proletarian fiction (NY: self-published, 2018) and a chapter in Paul Buhle and Harvey Pekar’s “SDS: A Graphic History” (NY: Hill & Wang 2007). Pietaro is a staff columnist and critic of 'the NYC Jazz Record' newspaper and contributing writer to 'Z', 'the Nation', 'CounterPunch', 'the Wire' (UK), 'People's World', 'the Industrial Worker', 'Struggle' and many other progressive and arts journals. His arts-activist blog the Cultural Worker can be found at http://theCulturalWorker.blogspot.com.
On the communications front, Pietaro serves as Communications Manager of internationally lauded sports massage center Physical Advantage PC (www.PhysicalAdvantagePC.com) , and its feminist-based radio program, ‘She’s Raising the Bar’ (www.blogtalkradio.com/shes-raising-the-bar). Independently, he has been engaged as Publicist for a variety of underground jazz artists and events, for which he created New Masses Media, his PR and production company.
Pietaro produces the annual Dissident Arts Festival (founded 2006) and has curated the performance series New Masses Nights and other events. As a percussionist/multi-instrumentalist and spoken word artist, he has performed with Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Amina Baraka, Karl Berger, Erika Dagnino and Ras Moshe’s Music Now! , the Flames of Discontent and others. He also leads the spoken word/improvisational music ensemble the Red Microphone which collaborated with Ms. Baraka in performance and recording (‘Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone’, ESP-Disk, 2017). See www.DissidentArts.com for info on his music, events and performances.
Press and Media Mentions
- People's World-review of 'Night People'
- Artist Trove review of ensemble John Pietaro's Literary Warriors
- Denver Post- review of SDS: A Graphic History
- Toward Freedom-review of SDS: A Graphic History
- Buffalo New- review of SDS: A Graphic History
- San Diego Free Press -quotes from my Hazel Dickens obit
- The Handsome Ladies-quotes from my Hazel Dickens obit
- Levure Litteraire- Pietaro interview
- DooBeeDooDeeDoo-review of Dissident Arts Festival 2015
- The Journal of Poverty
- Chicago Now-quotes from my article on Rod Serling
- Open Culture-quotes from my articles on Woody Guthrie