More About the Author
NEW: My first children's book, Wilhelmina Goes Wandering, was published in April 2014. Read about the true story the book is based on, and enjoy Katie Runde's beautiful original watercolor illustrations, here: www.runawaycowbook.com.
IN THE WORKS (as of May 2014): My literary agent is shopping the proposal for a new nonfiction book I plan to write, tentatively titled Sacred Band: How Building Resilient Gay Men Saves Lives and Strengthens Society.
BACKGROUND: Since 1983, I have been writing feature articles, commentaries, profiles, blogs, book reviews and books for print and online publications ranging from The Atlantic to the Washington Post, from the Advocate to the Washington Blade.
As a journalist I've focused largely on health and medicine, specializing in HIV/AIDS since I was working on a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University in 1986. I also write about cultural trends, LGBT issues, politics, and a wide variety of subjects that interest me. For example, in the first two months of 2014, I have interviewed renowned microbiologist and HIV 'co-discoverer' Dr. Robert C. Gallo for the Los Angeles Review of Books; written a feature for Earth magazine about geologist Dr. Robert M. Thorson's efforts to preserve New England's historic stone walls; and authored a feature for Pacific Standard magazine about the area where I grew up and live today. That article, "The Other Connecticut, the Other America," trended to the #1 most popular spot in the magazine's Top 10 list.
REVIEWS/AWARDS: Kirkus Reviews called my book Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America "The most important AIDS chronicle since Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On." The 1999 University of Chicago Press book won the 2000 Lambda Literary Awards "Editor's Choice" award, was a finalist for the New York Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, and was an American Library Association honored book.
In 2011, I released an updated and expanded second edition of Victory Deferred. All of the recorded interviews and research materials I used to develop the book are now part of a "Victory Deferred Collection" curated by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
As a lifelong music lover, I was excited in December 2012 to release an updated digital-only e-book version of my HarperCollins paperback original Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco/Dance Music.
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