DeGenova’s poetry has been published widely including such publications as the Café Review, the Paterson Literary Review, VIA (Voices of Italian-Americans), and the Oyez Review. He has been included in several anthologies and once was featured in the now defunct Chicago zine, U-Direct. DeGenova’s first chapbook, A Tender Spot, was published in 1992. His book, Back Beat, co-authored with Charles Rossiter, was published by Cross+Roads Press in 2001. DeGenova and Rossiter form the poetry performance duo Avant Retro and were asked by publisher Norb Blei to each trace their Beat influences through memoir and poetry for the book. On Back Beat, Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote, “Back Beat beats everything for being beater than the Beats.”
Beyond his own poetry, however, DeGenova’s most significant contribution to the literary world of Chicago is his editing and publishing efforts for the magazine After Hours, a journal of Chicago writing and art. DeGenova launched After Hours in June of 2000 and has since published many of Chicago’s strongest literary voices.
The track below was recorded 15 May 2007 at Molly Malone's, Forest Park, Illinois, as part of the monthly Molly Malone's series:
The following tracks were recorded by DeGenova in autumn 2004:
- December 2004