Born in Troy NY on October 21, 1952, Ed is the eldest of five children from an Italian Catholic family. He attended Catholic grade school and high school. His older sister Donna died when he was in fourth grade. He was an altar boy. He told the pastor of his church that he wanted to go into the seminary after grade school but was advised to go to high school, then decide. At 14 he and his friends skipped Mass to play cards and smoke cigarettes. The visiting Monsignor taught him how to shoot pool. The highlight of his life during high school was playing Merlin in his parish's production of Camelot in ninth grade. His best friend was Lancelot. Eddie was in love with Lancelot.

Eddie's family talks to the dead, prays novenas for the sick. They believe in miracles, angels, in connectiveness to a place larger than the earth. They know there is an afterlife. Eddie was not so sure. He struggled with his faith. Especially, he struggled with his faith as a queer man. He came out to his girlfriend and friends in college in 1973. During the early 80's, living in Los Angeles, Eddie had one long-term relationship which ended sadly. He was reuinted with his college sweetheart. She knew his history, yet they fell in love and in 1987 they were married. Eddie was an attorney and began studying sculpture. He did pro bono legal work for PWA's and for Amnesty International. In 1992 he and his wife moved to Atlanta. While there, a series of sculpture installations "Communal Hands" was accepted for exhibition in Amnesty International's Human Rights Exhibition, in the Piedmont Art Festival, in the Sedona Sculpture Walk and for a solo exhibition at Emory University.

In 1994 Ed and his wife were divorced. He began writing and was introduced to Walter Griffin who read Ed's work and became his mentor. Ed was published in three literary and University publications. Ed moved to NYC and two weeks after his arrival, he met three men from Dignity NY, a group of LGBT Catholics. One of the men he met was Vincent Maniscalco. Ed followed Vincent to Dignity where, unexpectedly, his spirituality was rekindled. Vincent and Eddie began dating 8 months later. They registered as domestic partners in 1996 and were married in Manhattan in October 2001 in a Catholic ceremony. Their wedding was the first same-sex Catholic ceremony to be announced in the New York Times and is the subject of the 2003 documentary, Saints & Sinners, from Persona Films.

In 1998 Eddie combined his poetry, his sculpture and video to produce "Gorilla Hands". He performed the multi-media piece at The Kitchen in New York. His poetry has appeared in The Hawaii Review, Bottomfish, The Panhandler, Art & Understanding, Insomnia, Whiskey Island Magazine and was featured in Modern Words.

Edward DeBonis

HOMONYM is Eddie's first full lengh book of poetry, combining his work of the last nine years.