Paul Fericano

Fiction Writer, Poet

N/A Yossarian Universal News Service
Millbrae, CA 94030-0236

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 Things That Go Trump in the Night: Poems of Treason and Resistance, 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 & Prizes

Fiction

Book:
The One-Minute President (with Elio Ligi) (Poor Souls Press, 1987)
Chapbooks:
A.D. Winans: A Brief and Casual History (Poor Souls Press, 2012)
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Interview with the Scalia (Peace & Pieces Press, 1995)
Journals:
Berkeley Barb
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Bogg
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Charley Judd
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Free Lunch
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Gallimaufry
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Greenfield Review
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Impact
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In a Nutshell
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Kaleidoscope
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Krokodil
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Mother Jones
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Nicaraguan Perspectives
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Pinchpenny
,
Poema Convidado
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Punch
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Quixote Quarterly
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San Francisco Bay Guardian
,
Second Coming
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Small Press Review
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Stone Country
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The New Magazine
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The Realist
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Twigs
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Vagabond
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Velvet Wings
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Whetstone
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Wine Rings
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Wormwood Review
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Yellow Brick Road
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Zahir
,
Zone

Poetry

Anthologies:
Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2016)
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Swallow Dance: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks (Silver Birch Press, 2014)
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A Ritual To Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (Woodley Press, 2013)
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Bukowski: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose (Silver Birch Press, 2013)
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A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens (Green Poet Press, 2011)
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But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem: A Sinatra Anthology (Entasis Press, 2008)
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A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary Conceit (Greenwood Press, 2002)
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The Starving Poets' Cookbook (Free Lunch Arts Alliance, 1994)
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Contemporary American Poetry (Rowman & Littlefield, 1985)
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Italo-american Poets, a Bilingual Anthology (Carello Editore, 1985)
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The Comic Spirit (Genre: A Thematic Journal Published by the Students of the Dept. of Comparative Literature , 1983)
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19 + 1: An Anthology of San Francisco Poetry (Second Coming Press, 1978)
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Stoogism Anthology (Scarecrow Books, 1977)
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California Bicentennial Poets Anthology (Second Coming Press, 1976)
Books:
Things That Go Trump in the Night: Poems of Treason and Resistance (Poems-For-All, 2019)
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The Hollywood Catechism (Silver Birch Press, 2015)
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Commercial Break (Poor Souls Press, 1982)
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Loading The Revolver With Real Bullets (Second Coming Press, 1977)
Chapbooks:
The Three Stooges at a Hollywood Party (24th Street Irregular Press, 2011)
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It's Not Enough of Elvis (Poor Souls Press, 2009)
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Sinatra, Sinatra (Poor Souls Press, 1982)
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Driving to Reno with Freud (Malfunction Press, 1978)
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Cancer Quiz (Scarecrow Books, 1977)
Journals:
2 Bridges Review
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ASKeW
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Attention Please
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Circus Maximus
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Four By Two
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Green Fuse
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Guardian
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Hard Pressed
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Heavy Bear
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Hollow Springs Review
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Hyperion
, ,
Jean's Journal
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Medusa's Kitchen
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Mickle Street Review
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MiPOesias
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New York Quarterly
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Northern Pleasure
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Open Wide Magazine
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Planet Detroit
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Poet
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Projector
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Quilt
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Quintessence
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Sage Trail
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San Francisco Chronicle
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Solo Novo
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Southshore
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Star West
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The Smudge
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Village Idiot
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Washout Review
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Westerly
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Wind
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Xanadu
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Zone
Prizes won: 

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."

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
After the Fall: New and Selected Poems by Edward Field, Particles: New and Selected Poems 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

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Born in: 
San Francisco
Raised in: 
San Francisco, CA
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Last update: Jan 15, 2019