Sparkle Street Press

Mike DeCapite

Mike DeCapite author photo by June Hony

Photo by June Hony

Mike DeCapite grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and started writing his first novel, Through the Windshield—“a Whitmanesque hymn” to that city (Jocko Weyland, Rain Taxi) — after moving to London in 1985. DeCapite finished Through the Windshield in New York in 1990. The book circulated widely in manuscript and had picked up a cult following by the time DeCapite published it in 1998 with his own Sparkle Street Books. In his review of Through the Windshield for the Austin Chronicle, Harvey Pekar called it “one of the better American novels of the past several years.” From 1993 to 2005, DeCapite lived in San Francisco, where he worked on a second novel, Ruined for Life! Excerpts appeared in 3:AM Magazine and Sensitive Skin, but the book remains unpublished. DeCapite’s short story “Sitting Pretty” appeared as a CUZ Edition in 1999, and was then included in The Italian American Reader (William Morrow 2003; HarperCollins 2005). In 2005, DeCapite returned to New York. In 2012, he published the chapbook Creamsicle Blue (“a 27-page piece of nonfiction with the scope of a novel and the depth of a meditation”—Karen Lillis). He followed it in 2013 with Radiant Fog, a collection of personal essays. In 2021, DeCapite’s novel Jacket Weather was published by Soft Skull Press (“I don’t think there exists another novel like [it]. . . . an almost unbearably tender love story for adults. The days and weeks and seasons and every quotidian detail vibrate with newness and suspense” —Mimi Lipson).


Mike DeCapite on His Jacket Weather Playlist at Largehearted Boy
Christmas Eve
Meeting Lincoln
What’s Good: Elegy for Lou Reed
Listening Party: Elegy for Jim Jones
Doc’s Clock


Brooklyn Rail
Cleveland Review of Books
Please Kill Me
Karen Lillis Interview with Mike DeCapite


Sensitive Skin
Our Town/The Spirit/Chelsea News
Los Angeles Review of Books

Ordinary Times
Karen the Small Press Librarian
Rain Taxi Review of Books
Northern Ohio Live
Cleveland Free Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Austin Chronicle


Backroom Broadsides, Fox & Crow, Jersey City, New Jersey, July 2, 2019

Guide to Kulchur, Cleveland, Ohio, November 26, 2013

The Literary, Cleveland, Ohio, March 9, 2012
Video courtesy of Andy Timithy.


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Jacket Weather

Available in print, for Kindle, and as an audiobook at Amazon.
Available in print and as an audiobook at

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Through the Windshield

2014 reprint edition from Red Giant Books, available at

Through the Windshield Kindle edition Available at as a Kindle book

Available for iPad from iTunes

Available for Nook at Barnes & Noble

Available for Kobo e-readers at Kobo

through the windshield 1998 original printing 1998 print edition available used at
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Radiant Fog

Order here, $12 postpaid


Creamsicle Blue Cover

Creamsicle Blue

Order here, $10 postpaid

Also available as a Kindle book ($5)

Sitting Pretty Cover

Sitting Pretty

Available at
Available for Kindle in the Kindle version of The Italian American Reader

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The Italian American Reader

Edited by Bill Tonelli
Available at