Nava, Michael.

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Nava was born on September 16, 1954 in Stockton, California; grew up in Sacramento, California; BA, Colorado College, 1976; JD, Stanford University, 1981; moved with lover Bill Weinberger to Los Angeles, and became deputy city attorney, City of Los Angeles, 1981-84; private law practice in Los Angeles, 1984-86; research attorney with California Court of Appeal, Los Angeles, 1986-95; private law practice in San Francisco beginning in 1995; publications include The Little Death (1986), Goldenboy (1988), Finale (1989), How Town (1990), The Hidden Law (1992), Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America (1994), The Death of Friends (1996), and The Burning Plain (1997).


  • September 16, 1954: Birthdate--Sacramento, California
  • 1975: Book--poetry--Three poets: James Byers, Michael Nava, David Owen
  • 1976: School--B.A.--Colorado College. In History
  • 1976 - 1977 : School--Watson Fellowship--Studied poetry of Ruben Dario in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1980 - 1989 : Relationship--With Bill Weinberger. Met at the end of second year of Law School, 1982 BW joins MN in Los Angeles (Sycamore St. Apt.), 1984 Buy house in Carthay Circle together (Moore Drive)
  • 1981: Law Degree--Stanford
  • 1981 - 1984 : Law practice--Deputy City Attorney
  • 1984 - 1986 : Law practice--Private, Encino
  • 1986 - 1995 : Law practice--California Court of Appeals--Research Attorney
  • 1986: Book--fiction--The Little Death. First mystery, with Alyson
  • 1988: Book--fiction--Goldenboy
  • 1989: Book--fiction anthology--Finale. Edited by MN. MN's work: Street People [a Henry Rios story]
  • 1990: Book--fiction--How Town
  • October 1990: Essay--In The Advocate. Coming Out essay--CHECK title, etc.
  • 1991: Fiction--short in anthology--In Pilcher, Darryl, editors. Certain Voices. MN's story: Grief
  • 1991: Essay--in anthology-- In Preston, John, editor. Hometowns: Gay Men Write about Where They Belong. MN's essay: Gardenland, Sacramento, California
  • 1991 - : Essays--In Frontiers, etc. For Chris, Wherever He Is, Sodomy Law Update, Our Streets: The Killing of AB101
  • 1992: Book--fiction--The Hidden Law
  • 1992: Essay--in anthology--In Preston, John, editor. A Member of the Family: Gay Men Write about Their Families. MN's essay: Abuelo: My Grandfather, Raymond Acuna
  • 1993 - : Essays, various-- Published in Los Angeles Times, Frontiers, etc
  • March 1993: Book / manuscript only?--The Last Days. Rejected by David Groff March 23. Read, though, at The Word is Out readings (Provincetown, Massachusetts)?
  • April 1994: Book--Nonfiction--Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America. With Robert Dawidoff. Paper edition published January 1995
  • April 1995: Essay--in anthology--In Preston, John, editor. Friends and Lovers: Gay Men Write About the Families They Create. MN's essay: The Marriage of Michael and Bill. About relationship with Bill Weinberger
  • October 13, 1995: Changes residence city--San Francisco, small apt in the Mission Area. 3525 18th Street no.2 SF 94110. (415) 431-6972. Is working on memoir?
  • October 13, 1995: Changes city of residence--San Francisco, first in Mission area
  • 1995 - : Law practice--Private, San Francisco
  • 1996: Changes residence--Another apartment (in Mission?). Address on file. Effective March 1, 1996
  • 1996: Changes residence--Another apt in San Francisco
  • 1996 [no month]: Book--fiction--The Death of Friends. Henry Rios mystery, now published with G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • 1997 [no month]: Book--fiction--The Burning Plain. Henry Rios mystery, manuscript not yet at UCLA
  • 199_?: Changes residence--Address on file
  • Agent--Charlotte Sheedy. 65 Bleeker Street, 12th floor, NY 10012. Phone (212) 780-9800

From the guide to the Michael Nava Papers, ca. 1954-1995, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Birth 1954-09-16





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