Steve Turtell is the author of Heroes and Householders, a collection of poems (Orchard House Press, 2009). He is currently at work on a memoir, How to Be Poor, and a novel Sailing To Byzantium, or The War of Art. His work is in the anthologies Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard (Painted Leaf press, 1999) and Bad Boys, Gents and Barbarians II (Windstorm Creative, 2004).A native New Yorker, he has been Director of Public Programs at the Museum of the City of New York, South Street Seaport Museum, and The New-York Historical Society.
When we were kids, starting at about 15-years old, there was a bar we’d frequent on Fifth Street east of Avenue A, just past the Con Edison substation. It was called the Chic Choc, but we knew it either as Chic’s or Mrs. C’s. Customers addressed the woman behind the bar who owned the place […]
(Author’s Note: I saw the homeless woman sitting in front of Saks Fifth Avenue holding her sign, interacting with the passers by, taunting some, flirting with others, cajoling the rest, So I gave her a name, created her back story and decided to tell it as I thought she might.) A Yellow Cashmere Scarf “She […]
Long lines at Whole Foods in Union Square again. It feels like the Russian bread lines, but no, it’s another snowstorm shopping spree. I’m not the only one anxious about running out of food—even though the streets are always plowed before my stomach growls uncomfortably. Everyone is complaining. Too cold, windy, snowy, sleety, Too much […]