Author of Americano--Growing Up Gay and Latino in the USA (Rebel Satori, pb) and of Pier Queen (Rebel Satori, $9.99 pb); and contributor to Born This Way—Real Stories of Growing Up Gay (Quirk Books, $14.95 hb).
“Once in a generation, a new voice emerges that makes us see the world in a dazzling new light. Emanuel Xavier is that kind of writer exciting, vibrant, unique, a visionary bard.” --author Jaime Manrique
“Xavier’s poems were really strong when they first came out, but now they seem even better. They function as both history and literature.” --author Christopher Bram
Self-published as a chapbook in 1997, Pier Queen launched the career of spoken word artist and poet Emanuel Xavier with classics such as "Tradiciones" and "Nueva York"- both featured on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry- and other poems which captured the voice of a generation of queer people of color. For the first time ever, this ground-breaking collection becomes available featuring snapshots taken at the West Side Highway piers throughout the years by photographer Richard Renaldi. This collaboration is a gift to the LGBTQ community and for those who may be interested in how pier queens became poets and great artists against all odds to inspire others to rise above adversity.
"In the classic poetry collection Pier Queen, Emanuel Xavier's words shimmer and spark with all the audacious energy of streetwise queer Latino culture. It goes right to the heart of the matter of his world and shines a bright spotlight revealing beauty, scars and the bared souls of its inhabitants." - author Charles Rice-González
Born This Way
With more than 100 profiles, "Born This Way" is a delightful celebration of growing up gay.
Based on the hugely popular (3 million views and counting since its launch in January 2011) blog of the same name, this hip, gifty little hardcover belongs in the homes of America and the world. It's a book for members of the LBGTQ community, as well as friends, family, and anyone who has followed the tragic stories of gay teen suicides. It will tap into the same vein as Dan Savage's "It Gets Better Project," giving people everywhere the courage to say ""Yes, I'm gay. And I was born this way. I've known it since I was very young, and this is my story."