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.
I was not where I wanted to be. This was because I was out. I was out at a bar called the Narrows in Bushwick–or East Williamsburg if you’re a real estate broker. The bar is called the Narrows because the building is very narrow. But really every building in New York City is narrow. […]
“Mommy—Don’t go to work,” my two-year-old daughter said, who’d just started speaking in sentences. As I put on my jacket, she began to cry. I kissed her cheek, and said, “I’ll be home later.” The babysitter fed her, and I closed the door. I heard her sobbing as I charged down the hallway. I had […]
I once took the New York City police exam on a whim. In the suburbs of Long Island where I grew up, a large portion of high school buddies already had badges and guns by their early twenties. “Dude,” an acquaintance would say from the stool of a local tavern, “I shot my gun off […]