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Themes and inspiration from the Lambda Literary Award-winning novel Every Time I Think of You, its sequel Message of Love, plus Cyclizen, Monkey Suits, PINS and the short story collection Forty Wild Crushes. Read me.
Scribe, Unsubscribe
2021-11-07 20:17
I recently unsubscribed from a lot of the writers’ newsletters I’d been getting for years, and most of the authors’ Facebook groups, and Twitter groups that happen to have… Read More
Writing As An Excuse For Not 'Writing'
2021-05-16 21:02
While I'm very lucky to have been employed through the past year, the additional writing and editing assignments for my day job have somewhat overtaken my fiction writing. But here's why tha… Read More
Little Free Libraries And Giveaways
2021-04-20 01:27
Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but I've been secretly donating copies of my first novel PINS at little public libraries around town. If you want a copy just let me know. When I shared this elsew… Read More
Destroyed On The Fourth Of July
2020-07-04 21:52
The author at Ashland Balloonfest 2004As Americans endure the strangest July weekend in years, I'm reminded of another holiday weekend years ago, in my hometown, where celebrations and destr… Read More
Pandemic Posts And Recycled Book Reviews
2020-05-03 19:46
I've decided to start reposting my GoodReads/Amazon book reviews on my blog, because who needs more essays about enduring the pandemic? Not to say that such writings aren't helpful. I'm jus… Read More
Bay Area Reporter Fundraising Campaign
2020-04-04 05:17
The Bay Area Reporter has been a vital news source to the LGBTQ community for almost 50 years. It’s also been my employer for more than 25 years. For book fans, the B.A.R.’s… Read More
Hindsight In 2020; A Decade Of Writing
2020-01-01 04:54
Since I haven't blogged in weeks, what better time than on the last day of a year, and a decade, full of ups and down, books and breaks. The 2010s were pretty good for me, book-wise. I self… Read More
Naming; The Seeds Of Character-Building
2019-10-28 01:51
As Halloween celebrants set about carving up pumpkins in creative ways for the holiday, consider extracting the many seeds from the gloppy guts of your purchased or homegrown gourds. Yes, th… Read More
Farm Living; Is It The Life For Us?
2019-09-01 23:59
While my sixth novel Now I'm Here focuses on Joshua, a piano-playing prodigy and Queen fan, it also includes almost equal focus on his boyfriend David who is raised on a farm in southern Ohi… Read More
ACT UP On 'Pose' - Revisiting A Pivotal Day
2019-06-13 01:56
As one of the 111 ACT UP members arrested in the Stop the Church action of December 1989, it was wonderful to see the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power included in the Season 2 premiere episod… Read More
2019-01-23 05:16
With a few Golden Globes, five Oscar nominations, and fan adoration worldwide, Bohemian Rhapsody is enjoying another encore.I'm making plans to see the sing-along version of Bohemian Rhapsod… Read More
Now I'm Here, New Novel, New Website
2018-05-14 07:31
Now I’m Here a novel by Jim ProvenzanoBeautiful Dreamer PressISBN-13: 978-0998126265Release date: September 19, 2018“Here is a novel of such sweep and breadth that to call it si… Read More
Wrestling With Angels, Laughing At Demons
2018-05-04 06:19
Randy Harrison and Francesca Faridany in Angels in America at Berkeley Rep. photo: Kevin BerneIt would be great if the fact that two major productions of Tony Kushner's two-part drama… Read More
Holiday Homofun, And Ho Ho Hos
2017-12-22 05:37
Ah, the holidays. They're almost over, but I feel the need to share the fun as the year winds down to the last few days. Among my new favorites are Christmas book trees, and the guilty pleas… Read More
Artists On The Frontlines
2016-11-22 04:35
People are comparing our situation through less than subtle artistic interpretations this week, from revamped comics to musicals. And music acts are singing their sympathies for those horrif… Read More
Politics In The Pages
2016-11-06 04:32
I once served Donald Trump dinner while a cater waiter in the 1980s, at The Frick Mansion, I recall, and in retrospect, it was the lowest day of my employed life. He didn't even clean his pl… Read More
Forty Wild Crushes:
2016-10-27 17:44
Forty Wild Crushes won a 2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention! Here are two mini-reivews from the anonymous judges: "It is so easy to read, sympathize with, laugh with and at times laugh a… Read More
Comedy Salon @ Spark Arts
2016-07-17 22:56
Enjoy stand-up comedy, and a comedic reading from yours truly, at the premiere of Marga Gomez' 'Comedy Salon,' at Sparks Arts in San Francisco's Castro district.Hop a bar or three before or… Read More
Saying Goodbye - And Hello - To Bookstores
2016-06-14 02:38
Tom Schmidt discusses his photos.This week I attended and read at two of the last three events at Books Inc. in the Castro. The store has hosted hundreds of readings, many of which I attende… Read More
PINS Print And Kindle Giveaways
2016-03-20 21:19
Spring into action for a free copy of my debut novel, PINS.Gay grapplers. Get a grip.I'm currently giving away a few free Kindle Editions of PINS, for who have yet to read it.Two more weeks… Read More
Gaily Forward: On The Theatre Of Writing
2016-03-09 20:40
So, do we write best with what we know, or what we discover while performing as if we know? Gay author Garth Greenwell discusses the roots behind his breakaway hit, What Belongs to You, in a… Read More
Writing About Writing: The Muse And Music
2016-02-23 18:44
"The muse; she speaks through me. I am but a humble servant."Inspiration can come from the most unusual places, even on episode 2 of Better Call Saul season 2, when actor Bob Odenkirk's char… Read More
Six Degrees Of David Bowie
2016-01-18 17:34
David Bowie fans around the world have shown their love for the multi-talented musician, actor, writer and producer since his death last week of cancer at age 69. While I regret having never… Read More
Giving Thanks, A Bit Early
2015-11-20 18:24
I have to be thankful, not for food or health of any of that, but for, after all these years, after trying numerous careers and jobs, finally being a full-time writer. That's not something m… Read More
Past Deadlines: Journalism And/or Fiction
2015-10-02 17:15
Mark Segal, Jim Provenzano at NLGJA 2015Don't quit your day job, the general advice goes for aspiring authors. And I've mostly taken that to heart. Because I've found that having regular dea… Read More
A Weekend In The Country
2015-09-29 07:28
It's no secret that my last two novels include a dendrophilic love of trees, particularly with Reid Conniff, the narrator. He and his beguiling love interest Everett share their affections u… Read More

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