In the past few years I’ve begun to tune in to the wavelengths of the world — like a radio receiver — and now strangers tell me their lives. I don’t know who they are until I’ve let them use me to narrate. I think it began with my discovery of the unsolved murder in 1923 of a child, an uncle I never knew existed. I searched but I never learned who killed him or why. Yet. . . telling his story may have settled his spirit . . . a bit. Since Vincenzo, I’ve heard other lives. I always know it’s them because the story “writes itself,” often in a few days: a woman who died of cancer in the Midwest married to a closeted man; an elderly writer stricken in a freak accident; a psychic boy in Northern Florida illness-bound to a wheelchair; a Venezuelan scientist facing the utterly unknown; a Victorian noblewoman in England, seduced, abandoned, and self liberated. I called one story “Gift.” They all are! . . . Learn to listen.
Biography of Felice Picano: Author of numerous novels, memoirs, nonfiction works and poetry, Mr. Picano has much of his work collected in references and collections including The Cambridge History of American Literature: Vol. 7. Prose Writing, 1940-1990, A Concise Companion to American Literature & Culture since World World II, Eyewitness To America: 500 Years of American History: In the Words Of Those Who Saw It, The Readers Catalog: An Annotated Listing of the 40,000 Best Books in Print, Contemporary Authors: Autobiographies: Felice Picano, Contemporary Authors: Volume 20, Contemporary Gay Male Novelists; A Bio-Bibliographical Criitical Sourcebook, The Post Modern Short Story: Froms & Issues, Gay Fiction Speaks: Interviews with 12 Authors, Vol 1, and The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill Club and the Making of Gay Culture.