Michael Schiavi teaches a wide selection of literature seminars and ESL composition courses. Celluloid Activist, his biography of LGBT and AIDS activist Vito Russo, was published by University of Wisconsin Press in 2011. Schiavi appeared as Vito Russo's biographer in the 2011 documentary Vito (HBO/Automat Pictures), and he has taught LGBT literature courses at Pace University. He is a proud volunteer at the Trevor Project and is currently researching anti-LGBT bullying in American schools.


  • Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo. University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.
  • "When One (Dead) Gay Italian Son Helps Another." Our Naked Lives: Essays from Gay Italian-American Men. Bordighera Press, 2013. 138-56.
  • "Looking for Vito." Cinema Journal 49:1 (2009): 41-64.
  • "The Tease of Truth: Seduction, Verisimilitude (?), and Spectatorship in I Am My Own Wife." Theatre Journal 58:2 (2006): 195-220.
  • "Wildean War: Politics of Fins-de- Si├Ęcle Spectatorship." Modern Drama 47:3 (2004): 399-422.

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • LGBT Literature
  • New York Literature
  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Modern Drama
  • Literature of Initiation
  • Writing 2: Foundations of Research Writing for International Students
  • Writing 1: Foundations of College Composition for International Students
  • Basic Writing and Reading for International Students

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Award: Best Gay Memoir/Biography for Celluloid Activist, 2012.
  • Inaugural William R. Johnson Guest Lecturer, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, 2011.

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