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Trebor Healey

Author and Writer

Trebor Healey is the recipient of a Lambda Literary award, two Publishing Triangle awards and a Violet Quill award. He is the author of three novels (A Horse Named Sorrow, Faun and Through It Came Bright Colors) a book of poetry (Sweet Son of Pan) and a previous collection of stories (A Perfect Scar & Other Stories). He co-edited (with Marci Blackman) Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco and co-edited (with Amie M. Evans) Queer & Catholic.

Eros & Dust
In Eros & Dust, his newest short story collection, Healey sets loose an unforgettable cast of characters. There’s the meth-addled youth bent on redemption by returning to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a mischievous imp who finds himself emotionally drawn to his victims, and a circus clown fleeing his Mexican trapeze artist lover by escaping to Argentina. If that’s not enough, you’ll find an elusive faun of the Oaxacan highlands, a traveler expiring from dengue fever and a revisionist Jack Kerouac, along with troubled loners and ambivalent lovers trying to work it out in chatrooms, Chile, a junkyard and a puppet theater. "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls," said Pablo Picasso. Healey reminds us that we should then moisturize with humor and sensuality.

Books by Trebor Healey

“A Horse Named Sorrow is simply, inexorably beautiful. It is sexy, cinematic, the prose itself an absolute joy to read, and often funny as holy hell. It is, at the same time, one of the saddest works I have ever read: piercing, poignant, and memorable.”
  — Maureen Seaton, author of Furious Cooking

“This magical tale about a boy unexpectedly turning into a faun is funny, poignant and erotic. Faun offers a wise meditation on our relationship to the earth as well as each other—and to our sexuality, which is the ‘greenest’ part of us all.”
  — Mark Thompson, author of the Gay Spirit, Gay Soul, Gay Body trilogy

“Powerful is an understatement. What Healey has created here is a new classic in literary fiction, along the lines of On the Road and Giovanni’s Room, which will echo in the heart of his readers like the fading encore of the perfect song.”
  — Lambda Book Report

“Shows us men and women whose lives have been, or are about to be, forever altered by love. . . . SHARP, EMPATHIC, AND UNFORGETTABLE.”
  — Bernard Cooper, author of The Bill from My Father

“Trebor Healey’s writing is suffused with the purest emotion, the bravest, funniest tone, and the perfect balance of poetics, daring, and charm.”
  — Joy Nicholson, author of Tribes of Palos Verdes

Radio and Television Interviews

"Out in the Bay" with host Marilyn Pittman, 2013. KALW Radio, San Francisco.
[listen to the MP3 audio of the interview with Trebor]

Interview with David Perry, 2013. 10% TV, San Francisco.
[YouTube Video]