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Thousands of people will descend on San Francisco this weekend for the annual Gay Pride and Resist March.
Many thousands of copies of the Bay Area Reporter will be distributed. It includes this length interview with me by Brian Bromberger. It's fun--enjoy!

Felice Picano, pioneering gay author

The Bay Area Reporter - Published 06/22/2017
by Brian Bromberger

It's probably a fair statement that if you love gay literature, you owe Felice Picano a huge debt of gratitude. Yes, LGBT people were producing novels and plays prior to the early 1970s, but they weren't specifically written for gay and lesbian people or their concerns. <more>

Awards for Nights at Rizzoli

2015 rainbow awardsRainbow Awards Winners: LGBT Biography / Memoir (The Dirk Vanden Award for Best LGBT Biography/Memoir)

  1. Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano (Christopher Hall)
  2. My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith
  3. Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum by Jack Scott Author

"Terrific writing flows naturally from one page to the other and I want to recommend this to all my gay friends who love Manhattan like I do." - Elisa Rolle

Read more and check out all the winners here

What Helps and Hurts When Learning to Write

Taken from the blog posting 'What Helps and Hurts When Learning to Write' by Michele Karlsberg, published at the San Francisco Bay Times"

Felice PicanoMichele Karlsberg: What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was the least useful or most destructive?

Felice Picano: Aside from the basic English 101 class everyone took, I never had a writing course, and therefore I suppose I never leaned to write. I was an art major in college, and I took some literature classes to hang with friends. I looked for art jobs and I kept getting shunted into assistant editor/writer jobs. There, I was half-assedly taught on the run how to do commercial journalism. Suddenly, one day, people said I was a writer.

I’d been fooling around with stories, so when I quit work as a magazine editor, I sat down and wrote a novel. It found an agent, and although it never sold, another agent eventually took me on. I taught myself poetry by trying out all the poetic forms and rhyme schemes. I began playwriting because someone wanted to adapt a story of mine to the stage. When I looked at their attempt, I said, “I can do better than that.” I did. Four more plays have been produced. I learned to write screenplays by studying one that I swiped from a film producer’s office after I’d signed his contract. I wrote it using an aqua-ink Olivetti at the Beverly Hills Hotel last used by Kim Novak for thank you notes.

I think the most destructive thing for most real writers is an MFA in Creative Writing. Non-genre writing accounts for less than 10% of all fiction sold; yet that is what is overwhelmingly taught. Actually, all they’re teaching is how to teach other people creative writing so they can then get an MFA and teach other students.

Read the whole post at Here

Felice Picano is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, memoirs, nonfiction, and plays. His work has been translated into many languages and several of his titles have been national and international bestsellers. He is considered a founder of modern gay literature along with the other members of the Violet Quill. Picano also began and operated the SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York for fifteen years. His first novel was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Since then he’s been nominated for and/or won dozens of literary awards. Picano teaches at Antioch College, Los Angeles.