About Steven Petrow

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Much of Steven’s work focuses on what he calls the three Cs: civility, cancer, and coming out. A modern manners expert, two-time cancer survivor, and openly gay man, Steven Petrow writes columns and essays on etiquette, illness, the etiquette of illness—and LGBTQ life. 


A former president of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, Steven has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and The Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award for Gay Non-Fiction and is a winner of several literary prizes, including the American Library Association’s/ForeWord Magazine Book Silver Award for Reference. 


He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, the Ucross Foundation, 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 VCCA, a prize that is awarded annually. Steven lives in Hillsborough, N.C.


When Steven Petrow’s last book was published, TIME magazine commented (in a full-length feature): “Move over, Emily Post! When it comes to etiquette … author and journalist Steven Petrow is the authority.” In fact, he’s regularly asked to comment on contemporary social dilemmas by The New York Times, People, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, PBS, GQ, and Elle, among many other national media outlets. 


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