Ferro, Roberto

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Robert Michael Ferro was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on October 21, 1941, raised in Cranford, and received a BA degree in English from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 1963. He enrolled at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa in the fall of 1965, and received an MFA in Creative Writing in 1967. During his final semester at Iowa, Ferro met Michael Grumley (1941-1988), also a student at the Writers Workshop, and the two began a two-decade-long personal and professional partnership; the couple lived primarily on New York's Upper West Side, but also spent extended periods of time in Rome and London. Ferro was affiliated with a literary group known as the Violet Quill, whose seven members are regarded as one of the strongest collective voices of the gay male experience in the post-Stonewall era. He died in New Jersey from AIDS-related complications on July 11, 1988.

From the description of Robert Ferro papers, 1963-1988. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702194307

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referencedIn Grumley, Michael. Michael Grumley papers, 1910-1988 (bulk 1963-1988). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Ferro, Robert. Robert Ferro papers, 1963-1988. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Ferro, Robert. History of industry in Youngstown project / Robert Ferro, Sr. ; interviewed by Janice Cafaro. Youngstown State University, William F. Maag Jr. Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Cafaro, Janice. person
associatedWith Cleaver, Diane. person
associatedWith Cratsley, Bruce, 1944- person
associatedWith De Combray, Richard. person
associatedWith Elliott, Desmond, 1929-2003. person
associatedWith Grumley, Michael. person
associatedWith Holleran, Andrew. person
associatedWith Iowa Writers' Workshop. corporateBody
associatedWith Kramer, Larry. person
associatedWith Menegas, Peter. person
associatedWith Moses, Charles. person
associatedWith Rist, Darrell Yates. person
associatedWith Rivers, Ann. person
associatedWith White, Edmund, 1940- person
associatedWith Whitehead, William G. (William Grant), 1943-1987. person
associatedWith Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
United States
AIDS (Disease)
Authors, American
American fiction
Gay men
Gay men
Gay men's writings, American
Gay pride parades
LGBTQ resource
Male homosexuality
Violet Quill (Group of writers)


Birth 1944


Spanish; Castilian


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