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 from 15 men about being Gay and Italian-American. His essay appears in the book. 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 in Queens, New York City. His current research focuses on the transformative, empowering, and political acts of reading and writing LGBTQ literature. After completing the coursework for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in English Education at Teachers College of Columbia University, he earned an Ed.M. in English Education from Teachers College, and decided to leave that program for the Ph.D. in English at St. John’s University. His Ed.D. research focused on the purposes and transformative powers 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, and his dog, Rocco.