In April, 2017 Aperture will publish Peter Hujar: Speed of Life, the catalog to a traveling retrospective of the work of Peter Hujar. It contains a condensed version of the memoir, “Peter Hujar in New Orleans.”


In January, Writing on the Moon: Stories and Poetry from the Creative Unconscious by Psychoanalysts and Others, an anthology in which I have a poem, will be published by Karnac Books.

I won Pitchapalooza at Workman Publishing and am working on a proposal for them. The Wall Street Journal covered the event:

One-Minute Pitches from Aspiring Authors

Publishing Professionals Hear Book Ideas at Pitchapalooza



“One time, I only held a job for three hours. I hired as a lighting technician at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the early 1970s,” recalled author Steve Turtell. “I nearly killed someone when I lost my grip on a ladder that I was holding up—it just started falling and I froze! Luckily, a lighting cable stopped it from falling all the way over. After that, the guy who hired me asked me to leave.”

Mr. Turtell was in the sunken auditorium at the office of Workman Publishing, an independent publishing house in the West Village on Thursday evening, ready to pitch his book “Fifty Jobs in Fifty Years, a Working Tour of My Life.” (He has also worked as a nude artists’ model; a research assistant at PBS; a janitor at Gimbel Brothers; a fashion coordinator at Joyce Leslie; a butcher; a baker; and the director of public programs at the New-York Historical Society.)


I’m now blogging for the Huffington Post. You can follow me there at:

Blog Entries by Steve Turtell

Birthday Reflections
(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:59 PM

Today is my 61st birthday. That’s thirty more than I expected to have. I’m sure many of the gay men my age who lived through the first onslaught of the AIDS pandemic know what I mean. From 1981 to 1990 five of my closest male friends died: Sidney Faulkner, Jeffrey…

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The Power of Language
(80) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 8:01 PM

When I entered St. Joe’s, puberty had not begun, but it started soon after. At 13 I was still a virgin and exceptionally naïve. I had yet to kiss anyone. In spite of a sex-education talk in the eighth grade, in which I learned the word “homosexual” (and now had…

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On Thursday, May 17 at 6pm I will be giving a lecture based on my work in progress Peter Hujar: Invisible Master, about the work and influence of the photographer Peter Hujar, for the New York City Photo Club which meets monthly at the Center.

LGBT Center

208 W. 13th Street

New York, NY 10011

For further information check the club’s website.