Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories

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. 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. More

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About Gregg Shapiro

Gregg Shapiro’s poetry collection Protection was published by Gival Press in 2008, and his 2012 chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 was published by Souvenir Spoon Books. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous outlets including literary journals such as BAC Street Journal, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, BLOOM, Court Green, Gargoyle, Jonathan, Mary: A Literary Quarterly, Pearl, RHINO Poetry, and White Crane Journal. He has also appeared in the anthologies Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience (Squares & Rebels), Best Gay Poetry 2008 (Lethe Press), Blood to Remember (Time Being Books), Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press), Encounters: Poems about Race, Ethnicity and Identity (Skinner House Books), Full Moon on K Street (Plan B Press), Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards (Bear Bones Books), Mondo Barbie (St. Martin’s Press), Reclaiming the Heartland (University of Minnesota Press), Sex & Chocolate: Tasty Morsels for Mind and Body (Paycock Press), Unsettling American (Penguin), and Windy City Queer (University of Wisconsin Press). His often-anthologized poem “Tattoo” can be found in numerous textbooks. As an entertainment journalist, he writes interviews and reviews for a variety of regional LGBT publications and websites. A Chicago native, Shapiro has also lived in Boston and Washington, D.C. He currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog k.d.

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