Michael Carosone is a writer, educator, activist, and native New Yorker from Kings Bay/Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. With his partner, Joseph LoGiudice, he wrote and edited the book, Our Naked Lives: Essays from Gay Italian American Men (published by Bordighera Press, May 2013), which is a collection of 15 personal essays on the lives of Gay Italian American men. His poems and essays have been published in a variety of books and journals. His poems have appeared in Gay City Volume 1, Gay City Volume 2, Gay City Volume 3, Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed, The Good Men Project, Positive Lite, HIV Here and Now, and New Verse News. His essays have appeared in in White Crane, Strangers to These Shores, and various anthologies. His articles have appeared in Gay City News and The Huffington Post. He was awarded the Editors’ Poetry Prize for his work in Gay City Volume 2. He writes on personal, political, and social topics and issues, including marginalized peoples and literatures, especially Italian Americans and people of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) community. At various conferences nationwide, he has presented papers on LGBTQ Italian-Americans. As an adjunct faculty member since 1999, he has taught composition, creative writing, English education, ethnic studies, film, gender and sexuality studies, humanities, library literacy and research, and various types of literature at seven colleges in the New York City metropolitan area. He is a doctoral fellow in the Ph.D. program in English at St. John's University. His current research focuses on the transformative, empowering, and political acts of reading and writing LGBTQ literature. Michael earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Brooklyn College; an M.S. in School Administration and Supervision from Touro College; an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Long Island University; and an Ed.M. in English Education from Teachers College. He lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, with his partner, Joseph LoGiudice. For more information on Michael, please visit michaelcarosone.net.