Sal Buttaci was graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Communication Arts. His major was drama, and he has written and directed several full-length plays for educational theater: For Heaven Sake, Sweeney! and The Party. After graduating from college in 1965, he spent a year living in Sicily, getting in touch with his ethnic roots.
In 1981, he earned an MBA in marketing from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. For twelve years he was a marketing executive for a direct marketing firm in New York City. He also holds a degree in Questioned Document Examination from Felician College which allowed him to work with attorneys in forgery cases.
Now retired, he taught writing and reading at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Garfield, New Jersey, as well as writing courses at Bergen Community College.
As a Language Arts teacher, he stressed the value of poetry, teaching students how to understand, appreciate, and write poems.
Buttaci says, “I believe it is the responsibility of poets today to do whatever they can to restore poetry to its rightful place in American Literature. Certainly that is no easy task in a society that judges the value of art, not aesthetically, but materialistically: its worth in direct proportion to the number of millions of dollars it earns. And in particular we owe it to our young people who must learn to read, write, and love poetry if poetry is to survive far into the future.”
From 1974 to 1988, he was the Editor of New Worlds Unlimited, an annual poetry anthology that showcased the poems of aspiring and professional poets from here and abroad. Many of his own poems, short stories, and articles have been published widely in such publications as The Writer, Writers Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Poet Magazine, Opus, Cat Fancy, Cats Magazine, PoetryMagazine.com, New York Times, Newsday, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers and Sisters.
Buttaci is the author of several books:
A Family of Sicilians… available at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/ButtaciPublishing2008
Flashing My Shorts and 200 Shorts, both published by All ThingsThat Matter Press and available at Amazon.com
A Dusting of Star Fall: Love Poems, a collection of poems written to his wife Sharon and (Cyber-wit Publications)
If Roosters Don’t Crow, It Is Still Morning: haiku and other poems (Cyber-wit Publications)
Buttaci has also written several short e-books available at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Buttaci :
A Tale of Three Pighs
His chapbooks include the following:
Greatest Hits: 1970-2000, (Pudding House Publications)
Boy on a Swing and other poems, (Table Publishing Company)
What I learned from the Spaniard and other poems, (Middle Island Press)
He has won numerous writing awards: The $500.00 Cyber-wit Poetry Award in 2006; $500.00 for a poem entitled “Sacred Ground” entered in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. in 1999; and The Empress Poetry Award in 1994 earned him first prize of $250.00 for his poem “Alienation.”
A member of the New Jersey Poetry Society since the late-70s, he was for two years the Editor of Poetidings, the newsletter of the New Jersey Poetry Society, Inc.
Sal is also a ASCAP songwriter, having collaborated on many songs, especially country and Gospel, with his musician brother Alfonso. Four of their songs were background music in a 1989 movie Fortress of Amerikkka.
In his spare time he lectured at local libraries, coffeehouses, clubs and organizations about his “Growing up Sicilian.” He says the public needs to be re-educated about Sicilian-Americans. Lecturing on the subject of his roots is his small way of offsetting the harm done by the media for the past two hundred years. “I have just completed a novel entitled Carmelu the Sicilian which tells the story of a Sicilian who fought back against the media and won. He will be promoting his novel to publishers as soon as the editing of the book is done.
“Writing is what I do to stay happy, hopeful, young, and sane. In the company of my wonderful wife Sharon, I look at life as an adventure and a blessing.”
Contact Buttaci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formerly a resident of Lodi, New Jersey, Buttaci now lives with his wife Sharon in West Virginia.