Steve Turtell

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Steve Turtell is a poet from New York City, where he has lived and worked for most of his life. He has been writing, editing and publishing articles, reviews, and poems since 1979. His first feature article, Energy at the Emerald City, about the first gay cable TV show in New York, was published in The Advocate. Since then he has been a staff writer for Gaysweek, LGNY, and Gay City News. He has written reviews for Publishers’ Weekly and contributed articles to the SCRIBNER’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LIVES (Scribner’s, 1998). His first collection, HEROES AND HOUSEHOLDERS (Orchard House Press, 2007), drew praise from Marjorie Perloff for his “subtle and charming poems”; his chapbook, LETTER TO FRANK O’HARA (P&Q Press, 2000) won the 2010 Rebou ...more

Her Name Is George

“All that is prearranged is false . . . . . How do I know what I think until I see what I say,”


E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel p. 101


In 1995, I was forty-five, in the MFA program in poetry at Brooklyn College, and teaching for the first time in my life. In the single class we had in how to teach basic composition, one of our assignments was a brief autobiographical essay. I wrote about my very

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Published on August 10, 2015 07:09
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Heroes and Householders

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“I’ve spent my adult life leaping off cliffs that turn out to be curbs.”
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“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
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“For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”
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“Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey cafe mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle's Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top.”
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“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”
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Steve Turtell Thanks, Allen, and thanks for adding me here. Any interest in a book exchange? I can send a copy of Heroes and Householders if you provide a mailing address. You can use my regular email if interested: sturtell@gmail.com

Cheers, Steve

Allen wrote: "How cool that you have gay books and my friend Lynda Mapes' tree book in your list. I met Peter Hujar in the 1970s will look at your book some time soon. You might enjoy my recently published autob..."


message 3: by Allen

Allen Young How cool that you have gay books and my friend Lynda Mapes' tree book in your list. I met Peter Hujar in the 1970s will look at your book some time soon. You might enjoy my recently published autobiography, "Left, Gay & Green; A Writer's Life." Some reviews and other info on Amazon.com about my book, and others I have done. I'm new on Goodreads. Best wishes to you.


message 2: by Steve

Steve Turtell Thanks, Stephanie! My pleasure.


Stephanie Lennox Hi Steve, thanks for accepting my friend request! You have great taste in books.


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