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Picano, Felice (b. 1944)  
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His stories, erotica, and essays have also been widely anthologized, appearing in Not Love Alone: A Modern Gay Anthology (1985), edited by Martin Humphries; Men on Men, volumes 1, 3, and 4 (1986, 1990, and 1992), edited by George Stambolian, and Men on Men 7 (1998), edited by David Bergman; Scare Care (1989), edited by Graham Masterton; The Violet Quill Reader: The Emergence of Gay Writing after Stonewall (1994), edited by David Bergman; The Best of The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review (1997), edited by Richard Schneider, Jr.; Gay Widowers: Life after the Death of a Partner (1997), edited by Michael Shernoff; Gay Travels: A Literary Companion (1998), edited by Lucy Jane Bledsoe; The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica (1998), edited by Lawrence Schimel; New York Sex: Stories (1998), edited by Jane DeLynn; Best Gay Erotica 1999 (1999), edited by Richard Labonte; Hey Paesan: Writing by Lesbians and Gay Men of Italian Descent (1999), edited by Denise Nico Leto, Giovanna Capone, and Tommi Avicolli Mecca; The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write about Their Fathers (2002), edited by Bruce Shenitz; M2M: New Literary Fiction (2003), edited by Karl Woelz; The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name: Essays on Queer Desire and Sexuality (2003), edited by Greg Wharton; Filthy: Outrageous Gay Erotica (2006), edited by M. Christian; and Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction (2009), edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane.

Picano's poetry has appeared in two collections, The Deformity Lover and Other Poems (1977) and Window Elegies (1986), which won a Poetry Society Chapbook Award.

His poetry has also appeared in a variety of anthologies, including Getting from Here to There: Writing and Reading Poetry (1982), edited by Florence Grossman; The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983), edited by Stephen Coote; The Badboy Book of Erotic Poetry (1995), edited by David Laurents; and A Day for a Lay: A Century of Gay Poetry (1999), edited by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard.

Picano has also written several plays, including Immortal!, a play with music, co-written with Jerry Campbell, and based on Picano's novella An Asian Minor, which was produced in 1986. The one-act play, One O'Clock Jump, was also produced in 1986 and won a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. The Bombay Trunk, a full-length murder mystery, was produced in 2002.

In 1992, Picano co-wrote, with Dr. Charles Silverstein, The New Joy of Gay Sex, an updated version of the book Silverstein had originally created in 1977 with Edmund White. The new version included safe-sex practices and information reflecting the AIDS crisis.

A fully revised and expanded third edition of The Joy of Gay Sex, again with Silverstein and Picano as co-authors, was published in 2003.

He has also contributed articles, poems, stories, and reviews to periodicals, including Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Advocate, Washington Blade, Genre, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, Lambda Book Report, Out, and Soho Weekly News.

Picano currently lives in Los Angeles.

Craig Kaczorowski

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    Author: Kaczorowski, Craig  
    Entry Title: Picano, Felice  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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