Felice Picano

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

West Hollywood, 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 & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Twelve O'Clock Tales (Bold Strokes Books, 2016)
Nights at Rizzoli (OR Books, 2015)
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)
Ambidextrous (Haworth Press, 2003)
Men Who Loved Me (Haworth Press, 2003)
A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay (Faber & Faber, 1997)


20th Century Unlimited; Two Novellas (Bold Strokes Books, 2013)
Contemporary Gay Romances (Bold Strokes Books, 2011)
Art & Sex in Greenwich Village (Perseus Press, 2007)
Fred in Love (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005)
Tales from a Distant Planet (French Connection Press, 2005)
Dryland's End (Haworth Press, 2004)
The Lure (Alyson Publications, 2002)
Onyx (Alyson Publications, 2001)
The Book of Lies (Alyson Publications, 2000)
The New York Years (Alyson Publications, 2000)
Like People in History (Viking, 1995)


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

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Italian American
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Born in: 
New York City
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NYCity/New England, RI
Rhode Island
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Last update: Jul 07, 2016