Robert Ferro's and Felice Picano's Italian Journeys through the Eyes of Max and Felice
In 1980 and 1981 seven gay writers-Christopher Cox, Robert Ferro, Michael Grumley, Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Edmund White, and George Whitmore-formed a literary club in New York called "The Violet Quill." David Bergman defined them as "a group of gay writers joined by friendship, ambition, and concern for their art, who got together[ ... ] to read to one another from their works in progress" (Violet Quill Reader XI). The Violet Quill meetings proved invaluable for establishing a support system at a time when writing gay novels was courageous.
Lanzilotta, Luca. "Robert Ferro's and Felice Picano's Italian Journeys through the Eyes of Max and Felice." Italian Americana 39, no. 2 (2021): 127-142.