Francis DiClemente lives in Syracuse, New York, where he works as a video producer. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Outward Arrangements: Poems (2021) and Dreaming of Lemon Trees: Selected Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2019).
His full-length stage play, Beyond the Glass, inspired by the Edward Hopper painting Nighthawks, was produced by the Las Vegas Little Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2017.
He is the co-director of the documentary short The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life, which explores the connections between the town of Seneca Falls, New York, and Bedford Falls, the setting of the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life.
In 2020 he was awarded a Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Grant (via the National Italian American Foundation and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America). The funds will be used to produce a documentary film entitled The World Series of Bocce: A Celebration of Sport, Culture and Community.
He received a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and earned a master of arts in film and video from American University in Washington, DC. He is employed at Syracuse University. His blog can be found at https://francisdiclemente.com/ and he’s on Twitter @FranDiClem.