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Much of Steven’s work focuses on what he calls the three Cs: civility, cancer, and coming out. A modern-day manners expert, two-time cancer survivor, and openly gay man, Steven has written many columns and essays on etiquette, illness, the etiquette of illness—and LGBTQ life. A former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, he is the author of several LGBTQ-themed books, including Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners; The New Gay Wedding: A Practical Primer for Brides and Grooms, Their Families and Guests; and Dancing Against the Darkness: A Journey Across America in the Age of AIDS.

Steven is currently working on a new book, which he says is “top secret” (unless his computer has been hacked again). In fact, Steven may be best known for having been hacked on a plane two years ago, and much of his writing is focused on protecting personal information — particularly health information — in the digital age.

Steven has won numerous prizes and fellowships, including those sponsored by the Ucross Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the National Press Foundation. In 2017, he became the named sponsor of the Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), a prize that is awarded annually. He lives in Hillsborough, N.C., with his brilliant yet crazed Jack Russell terrier, Zoe. Follow Steven on Twitter at @StevenPetrow and “Like” him on Facebook.

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