John Pietaro is a writer and communications professional as well as cultural organizer and performer. He is currently co-writing and editing the autobiography of poet/activist Amina Baraka. He is also the author of “On the Creative Front: Essays on the Culture of Liberation” (under review for publication) as well as the 2013 self-published proletarian fiction collection, “Night People and Other Tales of Working New York”. Other credits include a chapter in Paul Buhle and Harvey Pekar’s “SDS: A Graphic History” (Hill & Wang 2007); he is currently working on a novel. Pietaro is Staff Writer of the NYC Jazz Record newspaper and has written for Z, the Nation, CounterPunch, the Wire (UK), People's World, the Industrial Worker, Struggle (UK) and many other progressive and arts journals. His arts-activist blog the Cultural Worker can be found at http://theCulturalWorker.blogspot.com. His portfolio of both journalism and PR/copywriting work is accessible via www.johnpietaro.wordpress.com.
On the communications front, Pietaro has served as contracted Communications Manager of internationally lauded sports massage center Physical Advantage PC since 2006, and its feminist-based radio program, ‘She’s Raising the Bar’ (www.PhysicalAdvantagePC.com). Independently, Pietaro 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 curates the performance series New Masses Nights, among other events. As a percussionist and spoken word artist, he has performed with Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Amina Baraka, Karl Berger, Erika Dagnino and Ras Moshe’s Music Now! and many more. He also leads the spoken word/improvisational music ensemble the Red Microphone which collaborates 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