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For The Theory of the Loser Class

Fiorentino is smart and deft.
GLOBE AND MAIL

The Theory of the Loser Class is a glamorously designed, serious, wrenching tour de force of intellectual stamina and his signature brand of lyrical self-torture.
MONTREAL HOUR

For Asthmatica

The short stories in Jon Paul Fiorentino’s Asthmatica tickle the funny bone every time.
GEIST

Jon Paul Fiorentino's ingeniously silly Asthmatica is a keeper.
MONTREAL GAZETTE

Jon Paul Fiorentino is one witty, daring mofo ... [his] graceful language coupled with his unabashed need to confess and elaborate on the most disgusting of life's truths make this book a very satisfying read.
NOW TORONTO

This collection is refreshingly light hearted ... a very real blessing.
QUILL AND QUIRE

Introducing a Montreal talent you'll read again and again. Asthmatica is one you'll want to own.
OTTAWA CITIZEN

An idiosyncratic and savagely funny memoir. (Four stars.)
EYE WEEKLY

[Fiorentino] is able to blend deliberately funny zingers with stern and powerfully guided craftsmanship.
THE DANFORTH REVIEW

Asthmatica is a seamlessly funny, smart, naughty read filled with irreverent insights.
MONTREAL REVIEW OF BOOKS

Fiorentino writes in an effortless voice, free flowing and conversationally witty ... The imagery of Fiorentino's prose is especially charming.
HOUR

Jon Paul Fiorentino's latest collection is an acidly funny series of stories ... The outrageous humour of Asthmatica's stories, lists and crossword puzzles delivers a stealth attack against sterile hyper-suburbia, mall capitalism and familial norms.
MIRROR

For Hello Serotonin

Fiorentino strikes notes of chilling freshness by linking drugs, synaptic networks, and the other webs that bind and enable us.
QUILL AND QUIRE

Fiorentino is in the midst of something grand.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Like the trained and tensile limbs of a magician, the poems in Hello Serotonin are at once dextrous and sinister. They offer a precise yet rousing elaboration of the sparking of thought from transmitter to receptor, of the leap of language (and its downfall) across the celebrated, complex, and always crossed lines of neurotransmission.
ARC

The lovely oddness and contextual grace of Hello Serotonin resonate long after you've finished reading – profusion of tantalizing questions and all.
BROKEN PENCIL

For resume drowning

[Fiorentino] is not only a linguistically skilled, theoretically avant-garde academic poet, but also a humane, sometimes warm, always beating heart whose very cynicism transcends the limitations of post-modern nihilism.
THE ANTIGONISH REVIEW

resume drowning is an interesting collection which reworks the lyric for our pharmaceutically and culturally alienated times. If you are tired of media displays of emotion, Oprah and public confessions, this may provide the tonic you need.
NHI REVIEW

In a literary landscape filled with "Botox" poetry and ATM poetics, resume drowning stands as a counter-cultural statement. Like all good art, it exceeds itself, gesturing beyond its own boundaries to the resumption of something lost, something dear.
PRAIRIE FIRE REVIEW OF BOOKS

For Transcona Fragments

Fiorentino is a master of syntax, enmeshing language with lyrical wit . . . an attractive, appealing book, Transcona Fragments transcends the poetic history of a neighborhood. More importantly, it is the narrative of the people from Transcona that these poems tell so beautifully.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Jon Paul Fiorentino can worry a little less than others. Last week, Transcona Fragments, his focused, lyrical and mildly mind-altered poetry beat out Carol Shields as a prairie best-seller. Talent probably has as much to do with his recent success as technology. With this collection, grounded in the working-class Winnipeg suburb he grew up in, Fiorentino establishes himself as a Canadian William Carlos Williams, with a dash of Al Purdy.
MONTREAL MIRROR

One of Montreal’s finest poets.
MONTREAL HOUR