CONFESSIONS OF A GAY PRIEST
Rastrelli's memoir of sex, love, abuse, and scandal in the Catholic seminary and priesthood is being published by the University of Iowa Press in April 2020.
As arts and culture reporter and theatre critic at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, from 2014 to 2016, Rastrelli created the column Keep Salem Weirder in which he entered and embraced local subcultures, including drag performing, belly dancing, and competitive eating. Two of his most-read stories were a profile of a tattooed monk and the rediscovery of a lost Ruben's painting. In 2015, his article about a local music teacher placed third in the Society of Professional Journalists' Northwest Excellence in Journalism for arts and entertainment.
ESSAYS AND STORIES
Rastrelli has published stories or essays in Aunt Chloe: A Journal of Artful Candor (Spelman College), Colere: A Journal of Cultural Exploration (Coe College), and the anthology Letters to My Bully (Glover Lane Press).