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Paul Fericano

Author's Bio

Paul Fericano is the co-founder of the first parody news syndicate, Yossarian Universal News Service (1980) and the director of SafeNet, an advocacy group that assists survivors of clergy sexual abuse. His poetry and satires have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Quarterly, Second Coming, Poetry Now, The Realist, Free Lunch, Outlaw Poetry, The Wormwood Review, Punch (London), Charlie Hebdo (Paris), and Krokodil (Moscow). He is the author of several poetry books and chapbooks, including The Hollywood Catechism, Commercial Break, Driving to Reno with Freud, and Loading the Revolver With Real Bullets. He is also the co-author (with Elio Ligi) of the political satire, The One Minute President. In 1982 his poem, Sinatra, Sinatra, was awarded the infamous Howitzer Prize and then dutifully exposed by the author as a literary hoax. Paul is the editor of The Broadsider and author of A Room With A Pew, a regular blog/column on clergy sexual abuse and the healing process. He currently resides on the San Francisco peninsula.

Publications and Prizes

The Hollywood Catechism (Silver Birch Press, 2015), The One-Minute President (with Elio Ligi) (Poor Souls Press, 1987), Commercial Break (Poor Souls Press, 1982), Loading The Revolver With Real Bullets (Second Coming Press, 1977)
A.D. Winans: A Brief and Casual History (Poor Souls Press, 2012), The Three Stooges at a Hollywood Party (24th Street Irregular Press, 2011), It's Not Enough of Elvis (Poor Souls Press, 2009), Interview with the Scalia (Peace & Pieces Press, 1995), Sinatra, Sinatra (Poor Souls Press, 1982), Driving to Reno with Freud (Malfunction Press, 1978), Cancer Quiz (Scarecrow Books, 1977)
Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2016), Swallow Dance: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks (Silver Birch Press, 2014), A Ritual To Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (Woodley Press, 2013), Bukowski: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose (Silver Birch Press, 2013), A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens (Green Poet Press, 2011), But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem: A Sinatra Anthology (Entasis Press, 2008), A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary Conceit (Greenwood Press, 2002), The Starving Poets' Cookbook (Free Lunch Arts Alliance, 1994), Contemporary American Poetry (Rowman & Littlefield, 1985), Italo-american Poets, a Bilingual Anthology (Carello Editore, 1985), The Comic Spirit (Genre: A Thematic Journal Published by the Students of the Dept. of Comparative Literature , 1983), 19 + 1: An Anthology of San Francisco Poetry (Second Coming Press, 1978), Stoogism Anthology (Scarecrow Books, 1977), California Bicentennial Poets Anthology (Second Coming Press, 1976)
ASKeW, Attention Please, Aura Literary Arts Review, Berkeley Barb, Bogg, Charley Judd, Circus Maximus, Cream City Review, Four By Two, Free Lunch, Gallimaufry, Green Fuse, Greenfield Review, Guardian, Hard Pressed, Heavy Bear , Hollow Springs Review, Hyperion, Image, Impact, In a Nutshell, Jean's Journal, Kaleidoscope, Krokodil, Medusa's Kitchen, Mickle Street Review, MiPOesias, Mother Jones, New York Quarterly, Nicaraguan Perspectives, Northern Pleasure, Open Wide Magazine, Pinchpenny, Planet Detroit, Poema Convidado, Poet, Projector, Punch, Quilt, Quintessence, Quixote Quarterly, Riversedge, Sage Trail, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Second Coming, Small Press Review, Solo Novo, Southshore, Star West, Stone Country, The Cafe Review, The New Magazine, The Realist, The Smudge, Twigs, Vagabond, Velvet Wings, Village Idiot, Washout Review, Westerly, Whetstone, Wind, Wine Rings, Wormwood Review, Xanadu, Yellow Brick Road, Zahir, Zone
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fiction Award (1969); The Hibiscus Press Poetry Prize (1976); The Howitzer Prize for Poetry (1982); The Prix de Voltaire (Paris, 1983); The Ambrose Bierce Prize (1983); The Santa Barbara Summer Poetry Workshop Competition (2008); C.J. Bryant Award for Excellence in Poetry, Great Britain (2014); A Mark Fischer Poetry Prize (2015) for "Howl of Lon Chaney, Jr."

Paul Fericano Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
After the Fall: New and Selected Poems by Edward Field, Sailing Through Cassiopeia by Dan Gerber, Groucho : The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx by Stefan Kanfer , One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist by Paul Krassner, Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free by Charles P. Pierce
Favorite Books:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (First Edition), by Mark Twain (Charles L. Webster, 1885); Poems of Cabin and Field, (First Edition), poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar (Dodd, Mead & Co., 1899); Catch-22 (First Edition), by Joseph Heller (Simon and Schuster, 1961); Variety Photoplays, (First Edition), poems by Edward Field (Grove Press, 1967); The Hired Nose, by Ron Koertge (Mag Press, 1974); The Criminal Mentality, poems by Gerald Locklin (Red Hill Press, 1975); The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, (Back Bay Books, 1976); With Hitler in New York (First Edition), stories by Richard Grayson (Taplinger Publishing Co., 1979); Biting Through the Spine, poems by Ann Menebroker (Sacramento Poetry Exchange, 1979); Imagoes, poems by Wanda Coleman (Black Sparrow, 1983); The Good Neighbor Policy, poems by Klipschutz (End of the Century Books, 1989); Kinky, poems by Denise Duhamel (Orchises Press, 1997); A Liar's Autobiography, Volume VI (First Edition), by Graham Chapman (Methuen, 1980); The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race, by Paul Krassner (Seven Stories Press, 1997); Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature, poems by Cathy Bryant (Puppywolf, 2010).

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Listing last updated: December 22, 2016

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