Husband Carl Blando
Writer and historian Owen Keehnen (born March 25, 1960) has had his fiction, essays, erotica, reviews, columns and interviews appear in dozens of magazines and anthologies worldwide.
Keehnen is the author of the humorous gay novel Young Digby Swank, the gay novel The Sand Bar, the early era Hollywood M/M romance Matinee Idol, the suspense diary Love Underground, The Night Visitors - a collection of dark fantasy, and the horror novel Doorway Unto Darkness. He has written the reference book The LGBT Book of Days. With Tracy Baim, he co-authored the Chicago LGBT historical biographies -- Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow, Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria, and Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to The White House. Over 100 of his interviews with various LGBT authors and activists from the 1990s were collected in the book We’re Here, We’re Queer. He edited For My Brothers, a memoir about life and love in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS epidemic and co-edited Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago’s LGBTQ Community 1977–1997. He has written several M/M romantic novellas for Wilde City Press.
Keehnen was a contributor to Gay Press, Gay Power and wrote ten biographical essays for the historical text, Out and Proud in Chicago. Keehnen is co-founder and senior biographer of The Legacy Project -- an LGBT history-education-arts program focused on pride, acceptance, and bringing proper recognition to LGBT people throughout history. He authored the Starz series, a four-volume collection of interviews with gay porn stars. He has had two queer monologues adapted for the stage, served as co-editor of the Windy City Times Pride Literary Supplement for several years, and was a co-founder of the horror film website RacksAndRazors.com.
In 2011 he was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.
He lives in Chicago with his husband, Carl Blando, and his two ridiculously spoiled dogs, Flannery and Fitzgerald.