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Violet Quill Club members— Edmund White, Felice Picano, and Andrew Holleran — will reunite for a free literary event at 192 Books in New York City.
The Violet Quill began in New York City with seven gay male writers who regularly met in the early 1980s to discuss and encourage each other’s daring works despite prejudice from homophobic publishers and hostile critics.
Several members of the club went on to become pioneers of gay literature and are considered to be among today’s most prominent authors.
Felice Picano, editor of Van Gogh’s Ear, has brought together new work by his fellow surviving members of The Violet Quill for the publication of this seventh and final volume of the Van Gogh’s Ear anthology series, “The Supernatural Edition.”
Since its debut in 2002, Van Gogh’s Ear has gained international acclaim for original creative work by discovered talents from all walks of life including celebrated figures like John Ashbery, Maya Angelou, Allen Ginsberg, John Gilmore, Sonia Sanchez, Billy Collins, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Quentin Crisp, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer, Patricia Nell Warren, Paul Auster, and John Updike.
192 Books is an exhibition space and bookstore opened by art gallerist Paula Cooper in New York’s Chelsea district. Writers/poets Dawn-Michelle Baude and Holly Crawford will heighten this event with performances from their works also published in Van Gogh’s Ear.
Tuesday, November 2 @ 7pm
192 Books, 192 Tenth Avenue and 21st Street, NYC