Felice Picano

Los Angeles, CA 90069

Author's Bio

Felice Picano is the author of thirty one books of poetry, fiction, memoir and non-fiction. His work has been translated into fifteen languages including Chinese, Hebrew and Slovenian, and several titles were national and international bestsellers. His first novel was a “PEN/Hemingway Award” finalist. At the 2004 Tennessee Williams Festival, Felice won the Violet Quill Life Achievement Award. The New York Times listed his history/memoir Art & Sex in Greenwich Village as a Notable Book of the Year. In 2009, The Lambda Literary Foundation presented him with their Lifetime Achievement/Pioneer Award. He's been nominated for six Lambda Literary awards in four categories and been honored with a Ferro-Grumley award for best novel of the year and by Locus.com 's Hall of Fame. His memoir Nights at Rizzoli won a Rainbow Award. Recent publications include an anthology of GLBT Latino-American fiction titled Ambientes: Latino Gay Writing Today, a memoir, True Stories: Portraits From My Past, as well as short stories collected in Contemporary Gay Romances and Twelve O’Clock Tales. In 2013, Picano’s play The Bombay Trunk, will be produced in Canada, and two of Felice’s new short novels will be published as 20th Century Unlimited. Picano has recently given reading/presentations at the Oceanside, CA. Public Library, Smith College, The Lavender Library in Sacramento, Antioch University L.A., SAGE in New York City, Peterborough and Ottawa, Canada, the Palm Springs Library, Sierra College in Roseville, CA. and the LGBT Historical Musuem in San Francisco..

Publications and Prizes

20th Century Unlimited; Two Novellas
(Bold Strokes Books, 2013)
, A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay
(Faber & Faber, 1997)
, Ambidextrous
(Haworth Press, 2003)
, Art & Sex in Greenwich Village
(Perseus Press, 2007)
, Contemporary Gay Romances
(Bold Strokes Books, 2011)
, Dryland's End
(Haworth Press, 2004)
, Fred in Love
(University of Wisconsin Press, 2005)
, Like People in History
(Viking, 1995)
, Men Who Loved Me
(Haworth Press, 2003)
, Nights at Rizzoli
(OR Books, 2015)
, Onyx
(Alyson Publications, 2001)
, Tales from a Distant Planet
(French Connection Press, 2005)
, The Book of Lies
(Alyson Publications, 2000)
, The Lure
(Alyson Publications, 2002)
, The New York Years
(Alyson Publications, 2000)
, True Stories Too: People and Places From My Past
(Chelsea Station Editions, 2014)
, True Stories Too:People and places from my Past,
(Chelsea Station Editions, 2014)
, True Stories: Portraits From My Past
(Chelsea Station Editions, 2011)
, Twelve O'Clock Tales
(Bold Strokes Books, 2016)
, Window Elegies
(Close Grip Press, 1985)
Prizes Won: 
Ferro-Grumley Award --Like People in History Gay Times of London--Like People in History Le Figaro Literaire Foreign Book Citation--Like People in History Locus.com Hall of Fame--Dryland's End Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award City of West Hollywood Rainbow Key Award Dirk Vanden Award for Autobiography/Memoirs for Nights at Rizzoli

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
A House in St. John's Wood by Matthew Spender
Smash Cut by Brad Gooch
Three Marchen by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano
Combray by Marcel Proust

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
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Identifies as: 
Italian American
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Born in: 
New York City
Raised in: 
NYCity/New England, RI
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Last updated: Jul 07, 2016