back @ Saints + Sinners

After rounds of elliptical chat he was approached by a guy from about twenty miles away. Darios was a Creole blend of African, Native, and French, according to his description. ‘I’m a country boy who can’t stay out of the city,’ read his quote. Benny found his messages honest and funny:‘SO R U down for… Continue reading back @ Saints + Sinners

at SWAF in Tucson

The Sex Worker Arts Festival had panels, parties, and a robust line-up of films, including the fantastic documentary “The Celluloid Bordello” by Juliana Piccilo and the short “Sugar” by Alyssa Brayboy. I was the Emcee and one of the readers in the Festival’s Literary program, called THE CLITERATI. We heard from four readers, and the… Continue reading at SWAF in Tucson

KEPT BOY IN THE AFTERLIFE snatches the 2023 C&R Press Nonfiction Prize 🏆

Have to get used to saying this: My second book will be released by C&R Press in the summer of ’24. KEPT BOY IN THE AFTERLIFE is in two sections. The first chronicles my time as the kept boy of a British society decorator in 80s New York City; the second tracks how I took… Continue reading KEPT BOY IN THE AFTERLIFE snatches the 2023 C&R Press Nonfiction Prize 🏆

BONDS & BOUNDARIES for pre-order

“Dale Corvino gives us visceral access to his characters’ brains. Each of these pieces delivers something whole. You can tell he’s been around, and you’re bowled over by the humanity that has grown from it.” —Bruce Benderson, Author of The Romanian                   My debut collection of short stories is now… Continue reading BONDS & BOUNDARIES for pre-order

LAST CALL doc

Back in 2019, writer Elon Green contacted me about his book “Last Call,” about the murders of four gay men in Manhattan in the early 90s at the hands of a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital. I provided some background on the bar and hustling scenes of the time. His book is the basis of… Continue reading LAST CALL doc

“Plus One” in RFD Magazine

His next party, Magnum, named for the extra-large condom, changed all that. He co-produced it with Johnny at the Park, an upscale venue in Chelsea; gossip columnist Michael Musto called it a “a raunchy gay sleaze fest.” It got wild at the opening night party: a horny and very flexible ballerino performed what I have… Continue reading “Plus One” in RFD Magazine

Interview: Alex Cheves for Lambda Lit

DC:  In the chapter “Backroom” you describe reciting W.S. Merwin’s “For a Coming Extinction” to two lovers. In the poem, Merwin says to the whale, “We who follow you invented forgiveness / And forgive nothing” (5-6). So given your upbringing and its challenges, where are you on forgiveness?  AC: That’s a beautiful segue. It’s a… Continue reading Interview: Alex Cheves for Lambda Lit

Memoir Excerpts in Emerge Antho 2021

Emerge is an anthology from Lambda Literary with contributions from the ’21 Emerging Fellows in nonfiction, fiction, YA, poetry, and playwrighting. The anthology was edited by Michael Chang. There are two excepts from my memoir-in-progress, My Colonizer: A Kept Boy and his Afterlife. In the living room, Andrés and I sat on matching chairs, gilt… Continue reading Memoir Excerpts in Emerge Antho 2021

Lambda Lit Fellows Reading at NYC’s LGBT Center

Lambda Literary 2021 Emerging Fellows–Poets, Fiction, and Nonfiction writers–gathered in person and virtually to read their works in progress at the LGBT Center. The event was funded by NYC City Arts Corps, a grant program which “supports artists who live and work in NYC, while giving New Yorkers opportunities to experience cultural programming across the… Continue reading Lambda Lit Fellows Reading at NYC’s LGBT Center