Best Former Teen Gigolo-Turned-Writer and Performance Artist - 2004
David Henry Sterry
Sterry is a man you should know. First of all, he's a San Francisco-based writer (his second book, the best-selling memoir Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent, was published by HarperCollins in 2002). He's also an actor (he's won four Clios, and the one-man show based on his book, Chicken: A 1-Ho Show, has received rave reviews). Sterry, a former teen prostitute (in his memoir, he chronicles his life as "17-year-old freshmeat" in 1970s Hollywood), writes and performs about the steamy, unseemly underbelly of American society in a way that is funny, poignant, and human -- without glorifying the lifestyle. A well-regarded artist and man-about-town, he helps organize S.F. arts and community events (including the "Sex Worker Art Show") and volunteers with organizations that counsel underage prostitutes. Meanwhile, his book has been optioned for a film, HBO is developing a TV drama based on his life and writings, and he's finishing up his third title, a social satire set here, about a 25-year-old named Ewan and his attempts to help a rap-loving homeless teen.