Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, performer, and playwright, John Biscello, now lives in the high-desert grunge-wonderland of Taos, New Mexico.
His debut novel Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year. His collection of stories, Freeze Tag, was a concrete valentine to the neighborhood in which he grew up, Bensonhurst. His new novel Raking the Dust, his most ambitious work to date, was released in March 2016.
As playwright and director, Biscello has staged six original productions in the Taos community: Lobsters on Ice, Adagio for Strays, Zeitgeist, U.S.A., All Tomorrow’s Ether, The Best Medicine, and Werewolves Don’t Waltz. The scripts of Zeitgeist, U.S.A. and The Best Medicine were serialized on JukePop. His theatrical adventures have also branched off into radio theater, as he has produced and performed several original radio plays–Nursery Bones, When in Rome, the Little People–on KNCE.
He is the drama teacher at TISA (Taos Integrated School of the Arts), where he has staged a consortium of plays with students ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade, and he also facilitates independent theater projects and camps geared toward young people.
Some of his primary influences and creative heroes include: Henry Miller, Charlie Chaplin, Ernest Hemingway, John Fante, Anais Nin, Jack Kerouac, Knut Hamsun, Yasunari Kawabata, William Saroyan, Dr. Seuss, Dylan Thomas, Julio Cortazar, Haruki Murakami, Paul Auster, Raymond Carver, Sylvia Plath, David Lynch, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and the list goes on and on and on.