Owen John Keehnen
Pen Name: Owen Keehnen
Genres: Fiction, History
Born: 1960 in Rockford, IL
Owen Keehnen was born in Rockford Illinois, went to college in Quincy (Quincy University, 1983), and currently resides in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional Information
Writer and historian Owen Keehnen’s fiction, essays, erotica, reviews, and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies worldwide, including the upcoming Windy City Queer from University of Wisconsin Press. He is the co-author (along with Tracy Baim) of Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow as well as the James Flint biography The Boy From Peoria.
Keehnen is the author of the horror novel Doorway Unto Darkness and the humorous gay novel I May Not Be Much But I’m All I Think About (e-gaymag.com). Over 100 of his interviews with various authors LGBTQ authors and activists from the 1990s have been collected in the book We’re Here, We’re Queer which chronicles the evolution of the modern gay movement. He is also co-editor of Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago’s LGBTQ Community 1977–1997 (Firetrap Press, 2009) and contributed 10 of the biographical essays in the groundbreaking coffee-table book Out and Proud in Chicago (Surrey/Agate, 2008).
Keehnen was on the founding committee of The Legacy Project and currently serves as secretary for the LGBT history-education-arts program focused on pride, acceptance, and bringing proper recognition to the courageous lives and contributions of international LGBTQ historical figures. He is the former programming director for Gerber/Hart Library and has had two queer monologues adapted for the stage.
He has written regular columns in such magazines as Penthouse Forum and Men’s Style and was author of the Starz books, a four-volume series of interviews with gay porn stars. He was co-editor of the Windy City Times Pride Literary Supplement for several years and continues working periodically as a features writer for the newspaper.
He lives in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood and was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2011.
- Doorway Unto Darkness , Dancing Moon Press , 2010
- Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow, Prairie Avenue Productions, 2011 - written with Tracy Baim
- Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria, CreateSpace, 2011 - written with Tracy Baim
- We're Here, We're Queer, Prairie Avenue Productions , 2011
- The Sand Bar, Lethe Press, 2012
- LGBT Book of Days, Wilde City Press, 2013
- Young Digby Swank, Wilde City Press, 2013
- Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to the White House, CreateSpace, 2014 - written with Tracy Baim
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria
Release Date: 2011-11-12
Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow
Release Date: 2011-05-03
We're Here, We're Queer
Release Date: 2011-06-23
The Sand Bar
Release Date: 2012-05-23
Lgbt Book of Days
Release Date: 2013-08-28
Young Digby Swank
Release Date: 2013-09-11
Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to the White House
Release Date: 2014-05-09
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
Currently Owen Keehnen is helping to chronicle LGBTQ history in Chicago and is hard at work on the life story of Chicago activist and entrepreneur Jim Flint (The Boy From Peoria, Prairie Avenue Productions, 2011) as well as finishing edits on his latest novel The Sand Bar (Lethe Press, 2011).
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