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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gregg Shapiro  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Shapiro lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pop-culture journalist Gregg Shapiro's interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT publications and websites. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous outlets including ''Blithe House Quarterly'', ''Beltway'', ''modern words'', ''Bloom'', and the anthologies ''Sex & Chocolate: Tasty Morsels for Mind and Body'' (Paycock Press) and ''Poetic Voices Without Borders'' (Gival Press). In 1999, he was inducted into Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame and received the 2003 Outstanding Support OMA (Outmusic Award). Shapiro now resides in Florida.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1928589413

Gival Press, LLC. 2007

"Gregg Shapiro's stunning debut marks the arrival of a new master poet on the scene. His work blows me away."-Greg Herren, author of Mardi Gras Mambo

Gregg Shapiro: 77
ISBN: 1105545318 2012

This second collection of poems by Gregg Shapiro delve into the memory and meaning of the 1970s. "Gregg Shapiro proves himself the Cavafy of Chicago." Richard McCann. . . It isn't often that the spirit of the music and the gift of the muse combine, but they certainly do as Gregg Shapiro "opens the box marked 1971" and takes us on a hard-rocking rollercoaster ride through his formative years as both a rock fan and a poet." Jim DeRogatis . . . "Gregg Shapiro's poetry of coming of age in the "me decade" becomes the poetry of "us," as his keen, compassionate eye recasts and recollects the 1970's as a time of optimism and possibility." Denise Duhamel

Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories
ISBN: 0979881692

Squares & Rebels. 2014

With its twelve sharply observed stories filled with memorable characters and dialogue imbued with the pop music of the day, Gregg Shapiro reflects on what it meant to grow up gay in Chicago during the 1970s and 1980s. Relationships-family, boyfriends, and otherwise-are explored in stories such as "Lunch with a Porn Star," "Marilyn, My Mother, Myself," and "Your Father's Car." Only a gay Chicago native with a keen eye could give us such an insider's view of the Windy City from a more innocent time not too long ago.

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