Salvatore Buttaci

May 21, 2009

About Sal Buttaci

About the Author

Salvatore Buttaci is a retired English teacher who has been writing since childhood. His first published work, an essay entitled “Presidential Timber,” appeared in the Sunday New York News when he was sixteen. Since then his poems, letters, short stories, and articles have been widely published in The New York Times, Newsday, U.S.A. Today, The Writer, Cats Magazine, and elsewhere in America and overseas.

He has lectured on Sicilian-American pride and conducted poetry workshops and readings.


Sharon & Sal Buttaci

In 2001, Pudding House Publications included his work in the Greatest Hits Series with his chapbook, Greatest Hits: 1970-2000.

Salvatore Amico M. Buttaci is the former editor of New Worlds Unlimited, and of Poetidings, the newsletter of the New Jersey Poetry Society, Inc.

His writings have appeared widely here and abroad. He is the author of six books, including Promising the Moon and A Family of Sicilians: Stories and Poems.

He was also the 2007 recipient of the $500.00 Cyber-wit Poetry Award. His book, A Family of Sicilians… is available at Buttaci Publishing.

He lives in West Virginia with his wife Sharon.



  1. Sal, I’d very much like to get back in touch with you. Working through Facebook is a pain in the Berko. I’m really not up with all this technical stuff.

    Monsignor Pete

    Comment by Rt. Rev. Peter Van Heest — December 8, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  2. Ant,

    I could never thank you enough for all you do to make my site look so good! You are a true friend, a one-in-a-million kind of guy I thank God for everyday.


    Comment by Salvatore Buttaci — December 10, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  3. Just ordered FLASHING MY SHORTS. I love the title. I’m sure I will have a most enjoyable read.

    Comment by Josephine Lissandrello — February 2, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

  4. Salvatore,

    I finally looked up your website after being a Poetic Asides pal for a year or so now. I’m married to a full-blooded Italian (2nd generation; two brothers married two sisters – from another family of course!!), but he’s not Sicilian.

    Lex told me that my red sauce is better than his mom’s, but he made my swear I would never tell his mom. I said, “I’m Irish. I know how to keep a secret! Half my family were in the IRA!”

    Beautiful site, and I am praying for you as regards your posting today on Poetic Asides. Will order a book from you soon. Peace, Amy Barlow Liberatore (oh, my MUSIC site is; I perform under my maiden name).

    Comment by Amy Barlow Liberatore — March 16, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

  5. Mr. Butacci,
    I have no idea how it got into my mind to find you on the internet, but I’m sure glad I did. I was that girl in the back of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Garfield in 8th grade. I was in your 8th period class, and the last class you had before you retired. I remember you got all watery eyed too. You were a very great teacher, but I had no idea you were such a profound writer! It makes me wonder why you were teaching in a rundown middle school instead of a prestigious university.
    As of now, I’m a junior in Garfield High, in advance English class and other honors courses. I’ve taken creative writing and journalism classes too. I know I’ve been interested in writing since 4th grade, where i wrote my first short story. I do have book ideas, but they don’t seem up to par… Maybe I’ll eventually write, well, I probably will. I write everyday as is. I’m just proud that I had you as a teacher, especially now that I know more generally about you. I plan on going on into publishing, to NYU.
    I hope you’re living a nice, relaxing life in Virginia now. It sounds like a place with identical trees and old towns filled with history. Enjoy your well lived life.

    Your Student,

    Comment by Elizabeth Adamski — May 4, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    • Liz, sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to your May message. I have been so busy writing a follow-up book to Flashing My Shorts. It’s called 200 Flashing Shorts, which will be released early this new year. Meanwhile I am editing a novel I wrote for another publisher and at the same time trying to keep up four sites, write poems and stories, and spend time with my wonderful wife Sharon.

      I am so glad you too caught the writing bug! It first bit me when I was nine and it keeps biting, even now after 60 years!

      Mr. Buttaci

      Comment by Salvatore Buttaci — January 10, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

  6. your poems are wonderful 🙂

    Comment by jessica — July 5, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

  7. Dear Salvatore

    After enjoying your poetry now on PA Street for these past couple of years and for the first year thinking you were an undergraduate “passing through” life again with a wealth of experience only otherwise manifested by … well experience…
    I now come to this site and understand the substance behind the
    wonderful work you are so kind to share on PA.

    Thank you again for the pleasure.

    Comment by Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik — July 18, 2010 @ 3:20 am

    • Pearl, it’s taken me half a year to respond to your message! Sorry. I’ve just been so busy writing and promoting my book Flashing My Shorts. In a couple of months 200 Flashing Shorts will be released, the follow-up short-shorts collection of mine. (And I’m working on a third, along with everything else! Help!!)


      Comment by Salvatore Buttaci — January 10, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

  8. Hey, Sal, thanks for yyour comment on my interivew over there at Godwin’s site. Much appreciated, man.

    Comment by Jimmy Callaway — October 12, 2010 @ 4:38 am

    • Jimmy, I apologize for this delay in getting back to you. I enjoyed your interview immensely. Being interviewed by the Godwin is quite an achievement.


      Comment by Salvatore Buttaci — January 10, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  9. Dear Sal,

    You are not only a kind and gentle man, but one of the best writers I know. I thought I should add to your site.

    Comment by Jeanette Cheezum — April 13, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

  10. I just saw your haiku posted over at Poetic Asides for the April 24 prompt. I felt compelled to stop by and say that it really touched me. It’s simple and beautiful. Thanks for sharing a wonderful poem that’s definitely brought a little more brightness to my day!

    Comment by Debbie — April 24, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  11. Sal, when my computer crashed I lost your e-mail address so have found you here.
    Your book “200 Shorts” comprise 200 marvelous pieces of fiction.

    Some tender, some witty
    Some sad, some macabre,
    Some extraterrestrial
    Some deliciously odd.

    Some centered in Brooklyn
    around family and friends,
    Some learning lessons
    To make one’s amends.

    But my favorite stories
    Deal with Sicilian life,
    Cultural glimpses
    In preserved daguerrotype.

    However, no matter your taste
    You are in for a treat,
    Whether choosing a’ la carte
    Or a smorgasbord feast!

    Bravo, G. Weldon Searles, aka Whiskers.

    Comment by Whiskers, aka G. Weldon Searles — November 6, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  12. Hi Sal! Used a few lines of yours in a Cento with lines from Italian poets. Just wanted you to know. See:

    Comment by Walt Wojtanik — September 3, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

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