Art and Sex in Greenwich Village by Felice Picano
A Memoir of Gay Literary Life After Stonewall

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A decade after the Stonewall rebellions, a small, all-gay press named Seahorse began along with Calamus Books and JH Press, which all came together to form Gay Presses of New York. Gay Presses of New York was not only the most successful gay press of its day, but the founders had made their move at the right time and place. Gay Presses of New York also played apart in the growth of what is now gay culture, consisting of bookstores, magazines, newspapers, theater companies, and art galleries. Many aspects of the arts, as they swirled around New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco during the 1970s through 1991 were connected to Gay Presses of New York.
 

About Felice Picano

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Felice Picano's first book was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Since then he has published twenty volumes of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Considered a founder of modern gay literature along with the six other members of the Violet Quill Club, Picano also founded two publishing companies: the SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York. He's been a regular writer for the San Francisco Examiner, The Lesbian & Gay Review, and the LAMBDA Book Report. Among his many award-winning books, are the novels, LIKE PEOPLE IN HISTORY and THE BOOK OF LIES. His most recent novel, ONYX, was published to acclaim in 2001. His exhibit "Early Gay Presses of New York," debuted at the ONE Institute in L.A. appeared in San Francisco's Central Library from November 15, 2002 until years end. In 1986, his one-act play, "One O'Clock Jump", was co-winner of the Jane Chambers Play Award, and has been produced in New York, at Seattle Rep and at the 2000 Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. In the fall of 2002, San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre premiered Picano's new comedy-thriller, "The Bombay Trunk" to acclaim. Picano books out in 2003 were THE NEW JOY OF GAY SEX, Third Edition, 2003, with Charles Silverstein (HarperCollins) and Haworth Press reprints, in a uniform edition of Picano's memoir-trilogy, AMBIDEXTROUS, MEN WHO LOVED ME, and A HOUSE ON THE OCEAN, A HOUSE ON THE BAY. http://www.felicepicano.com/
 
Published March 25, 2009 by Basic Books. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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He traces the development of Harvey Fierstein’s Torchsong Trilogy, the play that propelled gay theater into the mainstream and, in book form, helped keep Gay Presses of New York solvent.

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Felice Picano’s memoir is a who’s who of gay artists from the ’70s to the ’90s.

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