Petrolino's writing embraces the fundamental freedoms we are afforded in The United States. His creative writing is integrated with contemporary Americana and his articles revolve mostly around the freedoms enumerated in The Bill of Rights.
Whether they are First Amendment Rights, Second Amendment Rights, or one of the others enshrined within the Constitution, Petrolino believes in maximizing individual liberties. Rights retention and expansion are integrated into his work and persona.
John has an eclectic cannon of work ranging from poetry, creative writing pieces, essays, reviews, and journalistic articles. More about Petrolino can be read in the bio below...
John Petrolino, The Pen Patriot, is a United States Merchant Marine Officer, writer, firearms instructor, and author of Decoding Firearms: An Easy to Read Guide on Basic Gun Safety & Use. Petrolino matriculated at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he received a BS in Marine Engineering. John's call to write developed towards the end of high school and he has continued to develop both his style and the scope of content he covers.
With literary interests deeply rooted in the Beat Generation, through the 2000's, Petrolino buried himself in the world of poetry. From 2005 to 2010, John often accompanied Beat legend David Amram as a guest reader during monthly jazz-poetry readings at the now defunct Cornelia Street Cafe, several Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festivals, and an event at Georgian Court University. John's work fluxed in the 2000's working on an Independent film, "Indiscretion", several of his own screen plays, and had two books of poetry published, Galleria and Congo Lights.
Through the 2010's Petrolino's work primarily focused on the actual rights surrounding the literature he loves and freedom represented in those works. Taking a closer look at what American rights are and the true and earnest preservation of them became part of his creative process. His work on the Second Amendment has appeared in Bearing Arms, AmmoLand, Second Press, The Truth About Guns, The Save New Jersey Blog, JM4 Tactical Blog, and The Shore News Network.
In 2020, Petrolino released his 3rd book, Decoding Firearms: An Easy to Read Guide on Basic Gun Safety & Use. The book focuses on what a new gun owner may need to know to get started or to perhaps serve to inform someone that might have a curiosity in the world of guns. A good resource for both veteran and new shooters alike.
John believes that learning is a life-long journey and an important part of leading an enriched life.
A sampling of some of John's work can be viewed in "Articles & Publications"
Petrolino's creative writing has been featured in numerous publications online and in print, notably "Lips Magazine", "Exit 13 Magazine", "The Journal of NJ Poets & Poetry", "The Idiom Magazine", "Eviscerator Heaven", "The Bradstock Journal", "Write On!! Magazette", "The Working Tools Magazine", "The Storm Generation Magazine" and on poetryvlog.com, identitytheory.com, theravenspearch.com, and wordriot.org. John was also featured in the World Spirit film "Greenwich Village."