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.

Sicilian Dreams, a novel of immigration set in 1907, was published by Bordighera Press in the fall of 2020.

Vincent is available for readings and online events relating to Sicilian Dreams and his other work. See his contact page for more information. 


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

Sicilian Dreams

 Santo Regina immigrates after taking part in a failed political movement incited by Vito Cascio Ferro, a figure historians describe as rabble rouser and member of The Black Hand. Once in America Santo becomes entangled with Cascio Ferro and his arch rival, Detective Joseph Petrosino of New York’s famous Italian Squad.


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

This Poet Walks Into A Bar…

This Poet Walks Into A Bar…

Twain didn’t like it when he had a situation but no story. Tell that to any writer.As a college student I worked summers in my father’s bar in upstate New York. Newburgh was a poor Hudson River town with such social ills that my father’s business would...

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DEMOLITIONPrimo Levi’s Moments of Reprieve is a story collection based on his one-year stay in Auschwitz. The stories follow his other writings about the experience, and for those those who don’t know, Levi was an Italian Jew and trained chemist. In 1943 he joined a...

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