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Published Work

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A Heart With No Scars, $13, Nomadic Press, 2015

In his debut chapbook-length collection of poetry, A Heart of No Scars, Brennan DeFrisco examines change and the spectrum of lenses through which we view it.

What People Are Saying

Brennan DeFrisco is one of my favorite up-and-coming performance poets. A Heart With No Scars is a fantastic look into the fire he brings to the stage. ‘Empty Glass’ feels like good whiskey after the last bad day of a terrible week.

– Tim “Toaster” Henderson, Poet, Write Bloody Press

“The first line in this collection, ‘Descend at your own risk,’” should stand as a warning. Prepare to fall in love, into mourning, mourn with the poet a city transforming and displacing, mourn the distance between frIends and lovers, imagine a future lover’s apocalyptic kiss. Brennan DeFrisco is a romantic and a realist all at once. Step with caution and don’t say you haven’t been warned.”

Cassandra Dallett, author of Wet Reckless (2014), Bad Sandy (2015), and On Sunday, a Finch (2015)

The End Comes, Selected as a Finalist by Dorianne Laux for The San Jose Poetry Center’s annual Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize

Read California Poets in the Schools write-up of CPITS Contra Costra Area Coordinator Brennan DeFrisco’s work being selected by Marilyn Chin for the 2019 Red Wheelbarrow Prize.

A Heart With No Scars (Nomadic Press, 2015), Runner-Up for the Drake University Emerging Writers Award

Exquisite Duet (with Allie Marini), JMWW

How A Bridge Is Built, Collective Unrest

Watch Brennan perform How A Bridge Is Built for The Show!

Steph, Bold City Lit Issue #3 (Defunct)

Your Refraction, Hoot Review

Stung, The Gambler (Defunct)

Produce, Gemini Magazine, Honorable Mention 2016 Poetry Open

Watch Produce performed on the final stage at the 2015 National Poetry Slam and recorded for The Show!

Watch Produce on Facebook Live

A List of Unreliable Narrators, Drunk in A Midnight Choir

Holes, Words Dance (Defunct, archived)