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.
On the subway Thursday morning, a man sat beside me, with his wife or girlfriend (no ring) standing over him. He was about 35, with long wavy hair pulled into pony tail, and a scraggly beard — kind of a 21st-century beatnik look. She was done up like a character from My Cousin Vinny — […]
The New York of the 80’s was not a town that met you halfway. It stopped well short of that, just looking right through you. It really didn’t give a damn what happened to you, daring you to ride the subway late at night and then picking your pocket and laughing about it afterwards. It […]
1. I went into college with virtually no experience, so virginal I believed myself to smell of baby powder. Touching a boy daringly was grazing his shoulder. That was till I met him, a studio art student from England (a would-be dream for high school me). He pursued me in the somehow typical NYU way […]