John Pistelli



About the Author

John Pistelli was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches courses in literature and culture. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the novel Portraits and Ashes and the novella The Ecstasy of Michaela. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Rain Taxi, New Walk, Ragnarok, The Millions, The Legendary, Whole Beast Rag, Revolver, The Squawk Back, Winter Tangerine Review, Atomic, The Stockholm Review, The Harpoon Review, Muse A Journal, The Amaranth Review, Five2One, and elsewhere. His short story “How People Live” won Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train May 2012 Short Story Award for New Writers. He can be contacted at johnppistelli at, and also found on Goodreads and Tumblr. If you would like to support his work, you might please buy, read, and review Portraits and Ashes or The Ecstasy of Michaela (or even just pledge via email to exchange a free ebook for an honest public review). Thanks!

More about the Site

This site primarily contains book reviews that first appeared on my Goodreads account; these can be accessed via the REVIEW INDEX on the site’s sidebar. My literary and cultural criticism is anchored to particular texts rather than to the issues of the moment and is driven by the aim of intelligent evaluation rather than controversial or topical argument for its own sake. This is why I publish reviews and essays on my own platform: to be free of the pitch/hot-take economy of literary journalism today, tethered as it is to the publishing calendar or news cycle, which condemns so much critical writing to empty sensationalism and instant irrelevance. My focus is on classic and contemporary fiction, but I also offer reviews of poetry, drama, comics, and nonfiction in various genres. You can expect about a review per week. Feel free to contact me at the email above about sending review copies, but generally I will only respond to inquiries about literary fiction and nonfiction, and only as I have time and interest to do so.

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