Posted by: M. J. Arcangelini | July 12, 2019

New book released July 2019 “What the Night Keeps”

My new book “What the Night Keeps” is now available for order online direct from the publisher Stubborn Mule Press at or from Amazon or from me at .

For those in the Bay area I have two readings coming up: at Aqus Café in Petaluma on Monday, August 5 starting at 6:15 PM; and at Penngrove Market on Sunday, October 13, 2019 starting at 8 PM – hope to see some of you there!

Here is something about me: M.J. (Michael Joseph) Arcangelini was born 1952 in western Pennsylvania, grew up there & in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s resided in northern California since 1979 & currently lives in west Sonoma County. He began writing poetry at age 11. He has been a factory line worker, farm laborer, portrait photographer, fern picker, professional fisherman, banker, kitchen worker, pornographer, outlaw, and occasional layabout. He currently works in a law office, which he frequently finds disconcerting. His work has been published in little magazines, online journals (including The James White Review, BEAR Magazine, RFD, Whisky Island, Taproot, Jonathan, lilliput, Rusty Truck, The Ekphrastic Review, The Gasconade Review), and a dozen anthologies. He is the author of three prior poetry collections, the full length “With Fingers at the Tips of My Words” 2002, from Beautiful Dreamer Press, and the chapbooks “Room Enough” 2016, and “Waiting for the Wind to Rise” 2018, both from NightBallet Press . A chapbook, “Pawning My Sins” is forthcoming from NightBallet Press. He maintains an occasional blog of poetry and prose at He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

To find out more there are interviews with me here and

I believe that poetry lives on the breath, truly comes alive in performance, that what is on the page is like a photograph of an event. If you’re curious, there is a video of me reading poetry with a little bit of interview here:

Contact me with any questions or if you’re interested in booking a reading. Thank you for your indulgence.

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