A poet and teacher, David Cappella is an associate professor in the English department at Central Connecticut State University. He is the co-author with Baron Wormser of The Moves and of A Surge of Language: Teaching Poetry Day to Day. In 2003, he was the resident teacher/poet for the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. He is a former co-chairperson for the NCTE’s Commission on Poetry. He has presented workshops on the teaching of poetry in public schools in Connecticut and throughout the United States, including the National Endowment for the Humanities.
His poems have appeared in The Connecticut Review, Diner, The Bryant Literary Review, The Bradford Review,The Providence Journal and other journals. He is the winner of the 2004 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition for Gobbo: A Solitaire’s Opera, the first poem of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He was the featured poet, “a blue plate special,” in the Winter 2006 issue of Diner. The complete manuscript ofGobbo: A Solitaire’s Opera was a finalist for the 2006 Bordighera Prize and a 2008 finalist for The Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Competition.
His essay on poetry & revision appears in Learning Landscapes and online. Cappella’s Abu Ghraib poems with accompanying images from Botero’s paintings have appeared in Germany in the recent issue of Augenblick48/49. A prose piece of his has been selected for the special Spring 2011 essay issue of The Connecticut Review. His poem “The Clothespin” (included on the Fishouse) has been selected for the anthology New Hungers from Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian American Poetry. His completed novel, Kindling, is now with an agent.