The author of the novel, Christ Like, the poetry collections Pier Queen, Americano: Growing up Gay and Latino in the USA, If Jesus Were Gay & other poems, Nefarious, and the spoken word/music collaboration album, Legendary- The Spoken Word Poetry of Emanuel Xavier, which inspired a choreographed dance presentation and a music video, Emanuel Xavier was named an LGBT History Month Icon by the Equality Forum, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance national and international gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights through education.
His new poetry collection, Radiance (Rebel Satori Press, 2016), is dedicated to survivors everywhere and is “bringing urgent attention to the perils of the marginalized in the wake of the Pulse Orlando Massacre and the challenges of the Black Lives Matter movement” (latinorebels.com). David Groff, author of Clay, writes "Emanuel Xavier's newest book radiates in diverse directions, back into a past of New York club kid glamour and violence, into a family history of lost connections, and into loves forfeited and found-all of which the poet illumines with steady-eyed honesty. Finally, as he confronts a health challenge to the very brain that is the root-place of these sharp and poignant poems, radiation becomes radiance, a hard-won inner light that lets us all see how 'splendid is our survival.'"
A former homeless gay teen, Emanuel Xavier transitioned himself from a street hustler and drug dealer to become one of the most significant, daring, and unlikely voices to emerge from the spoken word poetry movement using political, sexual, and religious themes throughout his work. He survived an abusive childhood, abandonment, homelessness, addiction, and violence to speak openly about his experiences in hopes of inspiring others to pursue their dreams and live their lives to the fullest. He has been a longtime gay rights activist and homeless youth advocate.
Reaching to his Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican roots, he curated a successful monthly spoken word event at El Museo del Barrio and edited the anthology Me No Habla With Acento- Contemporary Latino Poetry with their collaboration. He is also editor of Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry and Bullets & Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry.
He appeared twice on HBO’s Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry and performs regularly throughout the country and around the world as a spoken word artist.
He is recipient of the Marsha A. Gomez Cultural Heritage Award, a NYC Council Citation, a World Pride Award, and a finalist for Lambda Literary Awards and International Latino Books Awards. He has appeared as a cover story for A&U magazine and been featured in the New York Times and on CNN. His work has been translated into Spanish, Romanian and Serbian.
He also selected finalists for Studs: Gay Erotic Fiction and his work appears in the books For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough, Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay (based on the popular blog) and Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity.
In 2014 he was invited to speak at The United Nations as part of The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA and in 2015 he was selected as a featured speaker for TEDx Bushwick. An upcoming foreign documentary about poets from around the world will feature him as an artist. His books continue to be featured in Latino and LGBTQ college courses and he currently lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
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