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Michael Carosone
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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 queer Italian Americans. As an adjunct faculty member, he has taught writing and literature at colleges in New York City. He is a doctoral fellow in the English program at St. John's University, Queens, New York. He completed the coursework for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in English Education at Teachers College of Columbia University, and his research focused on the purpose and transformative power of LGBTQ literature on its LGBTQ readers and writers, the effects of teaching LGBTQ literature in the English classroom, and incorporating marginalized literatures and writers—LGBTQ and Italian American—into the English classroom, in grades K-12 and at the college level. 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; and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Long Island University. He lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, with his partner, Joseph LoGiudice. For more information on Michael, please visit michaelcarosone.net.

Entries by Michael Carosone

Remembering The Victims Of Homophobia, Pulse LGBTQ Nightclub, Orlando, June 12, 2016

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 2:50 PM


Days after June 12, 2016, when homophobia, a shooter, and a gun killed 49 people during the “Latin Night” at the Pulse LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, many folks were able to write about the massacre.  I was not.  My sadness and anger paralyzed my imagination.  And once...

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LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 6:08 PM

Previously, I shared the information from a workshop that I created and presented on LGBTQ literacies. What follows is the information from a talk that I gave at another conference. Once again, I wish to share my work with the public because I do not believe in keeping information within...

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Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 10:12 AM

The following is an excerpt from my research on "Black Queerness/Queer Blackness and the Queer Black Identity and Voice in African-American Literature, Arts, and Culture."

"Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made." -- Immanual Kant

"Are you black first, or are you queer?" --...

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Black Lives Matter... They Always Have and Always Will

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:40 PM

I urge all of my sisters and brothers of the LGBTQ Community to stand with the Black community.

#BlackLivesMatter

My new poem:

"Black Lives Matter... They Always Have and Always Will"

When a black man breaks the law
he's called a criminal
When a white man...

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Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:21 AM

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems:

"My Laundromat"


I will buy a Laundromat
so that
I can take the perfectly blue and green
rounded sphere which we call planet Earth
and give it a very needed cleaning.

I would...

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You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:13 AM

I created and presented this workshop on LGBTQ literacies. I wish to share it with the public, because I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the...

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A Drag Queen Queers Shakespeare

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Yes, even Shakespeare must be queered (well, it's already been done, but I'm going to do it again). And what better way to queer Shakespeare than by having a Drag Queen do it (a Drag Queen is a symbol for going against the status quo). But I prefer to "lavenderize"...

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How Do We Stop LGBTQ Youth From Killing Themselves?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:35 PM

In Recognition of September as National Suicide Prevention Month

How do we stop LGBTQ youth from killing themselves? Might literature be one answer?

During the spring semester of 2002, while I was teaching my creative-writing class at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, New York, a student -- let's call...

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Poetry With a Purpose: A Review of Dan Vera's Speaking Wiri Wiri

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 3:56 PM

As I write this extremely necessary and long overdue review of Dan Vera's collection of poems, Speaking Wiri Wiri, which was published in 2013 by Red Hen Press for winning the 2012 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, I am reminded of another new book that I finished reading for the...

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She Inspired Me: My Tribute to Joan Rivers

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 5:46 PM

"Life is very tough. If you don't laugh, it's even tougher. I'm in nobody's circle. I've always been an outsider." -- Joan Rivers (Las Vegas, 2012)

And with those remarkable words from Joan Rivers, I begin my tribute to an extraordinary person.

I never met Joan Rivers; I always...

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Everything Must Be Queered... or Gayified, or Lavenderized, or Bent

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:15 PM

For many years I have been thinking more and more that everything must be, should be, and can be queered, or gayified, or lavenderized, or bent. At conferences, or in classes, or during conversations, I consistently say that I am only interested in queering things, which usually refers to queering...

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If You Want to Survive, Then You'll Celebrate Pride!

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Another June. Another reason to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. Last year, I wrote: "It is that time of year again: June, when we celebrate gay pride. It is also that time of year when the gay media ask the stupid, meaningless question: Do we still need gay pride? Yes, we need...

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Celebrate Mother Nature

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 10:41 AM

In honor of Mother Nature, and in celebration of Earth Day and Month, 2014, here is my new poem, which also honors the precious life of Marius, the young giraffe who was senselessly killed at the Copenhagen Zoo.

I also have a new theory, which I have been thinking about...

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I Want Poetry to Matter: A Manifesto

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 8:08 PM

In celebration of National Poetry Month 2014, I present my new poem: a poetic manifesto for a new world.

By the way, I also think that we need to queer or gayify National Poetry Month!

"I Want Poetry to Matter: A Manifesto"

I want Poetry to matter
I...

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Celebrating Women! Women's History Month, March 2014

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:57 AM

In celebration of Women's History Month, March 2014, here is my poem, "Victim":

Victim

she grabs the dictionary
from the shelf
she splashes through the pages
she stops at the "v"
slowly progressing to the "vi" section
she freezes at the word
VICTIM
...

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The Pervasive Heterosexualizing of American Youth

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 11:07 AM

The pervasive heterosexualizing of American youth is becoming worse, more severe, and more dangerous. Allow me to explain. More and more, I am reading about and seeing the following words and terms: "vulnerable youth," "sexual minority or minority youth," "at-risk youth," "questioning youth," and one of my new favorites: "heterosexual...

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This Is How You Teach AIDS Literature

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 9:38 AM

This past fall 2013 semester, I taught a freshman seminar course in literature and history, as part of the First Year Experience Program at New Jersey City University. I created the curriculum for the course, and my focus was AIDS literature and the History of AIDS in the Gay Community...

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Hey, Gurl, Celebrate Your Out History!

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 9:00 AM

It's another fabulous October to celebrate LGBTQ history; coming out of those dark, homophobic, and heterosexist closets; and anti-bullying!

But let us never forget that our history is still not taught in schools, so we must search for it ourselves, sometimes alone and terrified. But it is the searching...

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Celebrate Your Italianita!

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 6:15 PM

As October comes to a close and the celebration of Italian-American heritage, culture, and history ends, I would like to make this poem my finale.

I published it in 2008 in Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus, edited by the Italian-American Political Solidarity Club and published by Manic...

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Yes, Suicide Is a Gay Issue

(12) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 5:10 PM

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, so I wish to share my thoughts and honor those who chose death when the (gay) rainbow was not enough.

Studies have shown that rates of suicide attempts and suicide completion are higher among LGBTQ youth than among the general youth population. I...

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