Vincent Panella

Vincent Panella grew up in Queens and lives in Marlboro, Vermont. Three of his published books are the memoir The Other Side, the novel Cutter’s Island, and a short story collection called Lost Hearts. 

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2018 Nominee for a Pushcart Prize

From Vol. 2, Issue 2: Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing


The Other Side: Growing up Italian in America

The Other Side is Vincent Panella’s personal journey, from rejection of his family to a realization that he cannot escape or deny his origins. 

Lost Hearts

The twenty-three stories in Lost Hearts comprise a rich and candid account of growing up and growing old in Sicily and America.

Cutter’s Island

This is a revenge tale based on a little known event in the life of Julius Caesar. When he was twenty five, Caesar was captured by pirates and held on an island for forty days. Cutter’s Island is the story of Caesar’s liberation and revenge


Cutter's Island is a perfect flawless gem, without a false not anywhere. In prose as spare of Caesar's own, Mr. Panella makes surfaces reflect surfaces, with the sense of bottomless depths beneath. He packs more between the lines, and between chapters, than most writers deliver in books and books.

– Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire
Praise for Cutter’s Island


The First Glass

Sleeping With Herodotus

There's a Hemingway story called Now I Lay Me in which he fears sleeping at night ever since he was struck by a mortar during World War I – ‘blown up’  as he puts it. To fall asleep in darkness would cause his soul “to fly out of his body,’ that is, he...

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Typewriter Days

Typewriter Days

Once long ago I needed a job. A friend had just quit as a reporter for a large Midwest newspaper and he suggested I take his place. I'd never worked as a news reporter, but I'd taken a J-School course and had recently written a piece about racing pigeons and their...

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