Body of Work



Born: New York City, 1944
Graduated Cum Laude: City University of New York, Queens College, 1964
Columbia University, 1965-66 Graduate Studies, English Department

MFA: Accepted into the Iowa Writing School Fiction Workshop of Kurt Vonnegut and Jose Donoso,
     Unable to take class as Selective Service rules of 1964 did not include 2S eligibility for
     graduate college students during the undeclared and illegal Vietnam War.



Smart As the Devil—1975 –Arbor House
Eyes—1976—Arbor House
The Mesmerist –1977—Lawrence/Delacorte
The Lure –1979 –Lawrence/Delacorte
House of Cards—1984 –Lawrence/Delacorte
To the 7th Power—--1988—Wm. Morrow
Dryland’s End –1995—Masquerade Books
Like People in History—1995—Viking-Penguin
The Book of Lies—1998--Little Brown
Onyx—2001--Alyson Books
Contemporary Gay Romances—Bold Strokes Books—2010
Twelve O'Clock Tales—Bold Strokes Books—2011
Twenieth Century Unlimited—Bold Strokes Books—2012 

Shorter Fiction

An Asian Minor—novella --1980—SeaHorse Press
Late in the Season—novella--1981—Lawrence/Delacorte
Slashed to Ribbons in Defense of Love & Other Stories – 1983 --Gay Presses of New York
Looking Glass Lives – 1997—novella —Alyson Books
The New York Years –stories--2002 –Alyson Books
Tales: From a Distant Planet –stories-- 2006 –French Connection Press (Paris)


The Deformity Lover and Other Poems –1978--SeaHorse Press
Window Elegies –1987--Tuscaloosa Press, University of Alabama


Editor: A True Likeness: GLBT Writing Today 1981 --Literary Anthology
Editor: Van Gogh’s Ear Volume 7—2010 --French Connection Press (Paris)
Co-Editor: Ambientes—2011 –University of Wisconsin Press


The New Joy of Gay Sex – with Dr. Charles Silverstein, 1993-- Harper Collins
The Joy of Gay Sex:3rd Edition  – with Dr. Charles Silverstein, 2002— Harper Collins
 Art & Sex in Greenwich Village: Literary Life After Stonewall—2007 --Carroll & Graf  
Gems: Art Saved, Re-Sited, Transformed: George Sugarman et al.—2009—University of Texas, Austin

Non-Fiction: Memoirs

Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children – 1985—Penguin
Men Who Loved Me –1989-- Penguin
A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay – 1997—Faber & Faber
Fred in Love –2005-- Terrace Books, University of Wisconsin Press
True Stories –2011 –Chelsea Station Editions




Immortal – 1985—Meridian Theater, New York City
One O Clock Jump –1986—The Glines, New York City
The Bombay Trunk – 2002—New Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
Ingoldsby – 2006 –Black Hawk Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Universal Donor –Original 1998
Very Large Array—Original 2003
Looking Glass –Adaptation of own novella 2006
Casting the Runes -- --Adaptation of M.R. James’ story 2007
The Perfect Setting—Adaptation of own story 2008


Founder and Publisher -- SeaHorse Press 1976-1995
Co-Founder and Editor in Chief  – Gay Presses of New York, 1981-1995
(see,Art & Sex in Greenwich Village: The Literary Life After Stonewall—2007)
Editor-The New York Native: Arts & Letters Supplement—1984-1989

Regular Contributor—Articles, Reviews, Interviews, Essays

Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Herald-Examiner, Story Magazine ,Christopher Street Magazine, Out, The Advocate, Out Traveler

Single Time or Infrequent Contributor

Scores of periodicals and five dozen anthologies.


PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award—Finalist Best Novel 1976 —Smart As the Devil
Whitbread Award—Finalist 1980—The Mesmerist (U.K.)
Library Association of America Award—1982—A True Likeness
New YorkStateCouncil on the Arts Award/Grant—1983
Jane Chambers New Play Award—1986—One O’Clock Jump
PEN/Syndicated Fiction Award—1987 –Short Story Award
Poetry Society of America Chapbook Award—1988—Window Elegies
Lambda Literary Award—Finalist—1996 –Dryland’s End
Lambda Literary Award—Finalist—1996 –Like People in History
Ferro-Grumley Best Gay Novel Award—1996 –Like People in History
Gay Times of England Best Novel Award—1997—Like People in History (U.K.)
Lambda Literary Award—Finalist—1998—A House on the Ocean
Lambda Literary Award—Finalist—1999 – The Book of Lies
Story Magazine Award—Short Story-- 2000
Le Figaro Litteraire—Best Foreign Novel Award –2003—Like People in History  (France)
TennesseeWilliams Festival—Violet Quill Life Achievement Award – 2004
Fade/In Film/Drama Awards –Drama Finalist—2006 –Ingoldsby
Lambda Literary Foundation—Lifetime Achievement/Pioneer Award—2009
Advocate/Out Magazine—#19 of 100 Influential People of 2009


West Side YMCA Writer’s Voice Workshop, New York City --Fiction Writing Instructor-1983-1985
Guest Lecturer/Writing Classes – Stanford University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California @ Santa Barbara @La Jolla, @Los Angeles, 2000-2008; Smith College, 2008, Bryn Mawr College, 2009
Guest Lecturer/Writing Workshops— Out-Write Conferences, 1988-1992, Lambda Literary Festival
                1992-1995, Tennessee Williams Festival –1996-2001, Saints & Sinners Literary Festival
                2002-2004, West Hollywood Book Festival 2004-2007, UCLA-Symposium, 2008, South Carolina,

Fort Lauderdale & Atlanta Book Festivals, 2007-2009, Intentional Conversations @ Los Angeles
R.C. Cathedral, 2007-2009
Adjunct Professor—Antioch University, Los Angeles, 2011


The Cambridge History of American Literature: Vol. 7—Prose Writing, 1940-1990–Sacvan
Bercovitch, Ed. Cambridge University Press, 1999
Concise Companion to American Literature & Culture since World World II—Josephine Hendin, ed.      Wiley-Blackwell, 2004

Eyewitness To America: 500 Years of American History In the Words Of Those Who Saw It—David Colbert, Vintage Books, 1998, New York

The Readers Catalog: An Annotated Listing of the 40,000 Best Books in Print–Geoffrey O'Brian, RC Publications, 1997

Contemporary Authors: Autobiographies: Felice Picano–Thomson-Gale Press, 2007.

Contemporary Authors: Volume 20—Thomson-Gale Press, 1992

Contemporary Gay Male Novelists; A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook–Emmanuel S, Nelson, Greenwood, 1993

The Post Modern Short Story: Forms & Issues–ed. Ifteharrudin, Boyden, Rorberger, Caluidet, Praeger Books, 20003

Gay Fiction Speaks: Interviews with 12 Authors, Vol 1–Richard Canning, Columbia University Press, 2002

The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill Club and the Making of Gay Culture: David Bergman, Columbia University Press, 2005
The Gay & Lesbian Literary Companion—ed. Malcolm Boyd, Sharon Malinowki, Christa Brelin, Visible Ink Press, 1994

Gay & Lesbian Literature Since World War II: History and Memory—Sonya L. Jones, Routledge, 1998

Gay & Lesbian Literary Heritage–Claude Summers, Routledge, 1995

A Sea Of Stories: The Shaping Power of Narrative in Gay & Lesbian Cultures—Sonya L. Jones, Routledge, New York, 2000

The Other Side of Silence: Men’s Lives and Gay identities A 20th Century History—John Loughery, Holt, 1999

Displacing Homophobia: Gay Male Perspectives in Literature and Culture—Ronald R. Butters, John M. McClan, Michael Moor-- Durham, N.C. Duke University Press, 1989

The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write About Their Fathers—ed. Bruce Shenitz, DaCapo Press, 2002

“Contagious Relations: Simulation, Paranoia & the Post Modern Condition in Wm Friedkin’s Cruising and Felice Picano’s The Lure”—Guy Davidson—Durham N.C. Duke University Press, 2009

Art & Sex in Greenwich Village—Felice Picano, Carroll & Graf, 2007

*The Beinecke at Yale University—Stephen Parks, Yale University Press , 003
* Picano’s manuscripts from 1968 to 1989 are collected at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Yale University