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Felice Picano (1944- )
Picano was affiliated with a literary group known as the Violet Quill, whose seven members, as men writing for men, are regarded as one of the strongest collective voices of the gay male experience in the post-Stonewall era. Authors Christopher Cox, Robert Ferro, Michael Grumley, Andrew Holleran, Edmund White, George Whitmore, and Picano met several times in 1979, 1980, and 1981 to read aloud from their works in progress. Also on the agenda were discussions of how they could work together to promote recognition, acceptance, and publication of gay literature beyond the boundaries of their own community. Of the VQ writers, Michael Grumley and Robert Ferro were the first to die from AIDS-related complications, both at age 46 in 1988, Grumley on April 28 and Ferro on July 11; they were followed by Whitmore in 1989 and Cox in 1990.
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Former call number: Uncat Za MS 282
- American fiction -- 20th Century
- American literature -- 20th century
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Gay men -- Fiction
- Gay men -- United States
- Gay men's writings, American
- Holleran, Andrew
- LGBTQ resource
- Male homosexuality -- Fiction
- Picano, Felice, 1944-
- Violet Quill (Group of writers)
- Felice Picano Papers
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