Michael Grumley (July 6, 1942 – April 28, 1988) was an American writer and artist.

Grumley was born in Bettendorf, Iowa. He attended the University of Denver, the City College of New York and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop [1] Grumley received a B.S. Degree with a major in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on June 7, 1964.[2]

He was a founding member of The Violet Quill.[3] His partner, another founding member of the Quill, was Robert Ferro.[4] He wrote a regularly appearing column Uptown for the New York Native.[5] Grumley and Ferro are buried together under the Ferro-Grumley memorial in Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, New York.

Following their deaths, the Ferro-Grumley Foundation, which manages their estate, created and endowed the annual Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT fiction in conjunction with Publishing Triangle.

Books in order of publication:

  Atlantis : the autobiography of a search.1970
There are giants in the earth1974
Hard corps: studies in leather and sadomasochism1977
After midnight: the world of the people who live and work at night1978
Life drawing : a novel1991