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Editorial Reviews


"An unforgettable portrait of the artist as a young immigrant gay poet. These brief, passionate chapters are filled with rare courage, raw honesty, and the uncommon beauty of a life spent yearning for consolation and hope. Absolutely arresting."—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire

"A haunting book, whose many senses linger long after reading it."—Mary Cappello, author of Awkward: A Detour

“This beautiful, unconventional memoir, infused with poetic language, places González firmly in the top tier of American writers. Not only aficionados of memoir, poetry, and Latin American and gay literature but also general audiences will enjoy these stories and poems.”—Library Journal

“A slim volume of candid vignettes that illuminate an artist’s blossoming against a backdrop of brutal poverty and emotional tumult.”—Out

“Rigoberto González’s trim yet artistically potent Autobiography of My Hungers combines poetry, musings, memories, pleasures, pains, and most importantly, yearnings that have made him the exacting artist he has become today. . . . González’s self-analysis by means of mixed media is stimulating, enlightening, and well worth the journey.”—Bay Area Reporter

“Immigrant and gay readers may experience release in the book’s agonizing familiarity; all readers will find it lusciously evocative.”—Publishers Weekly

“González brings a deep, soul-crushing sadness to the pages, which gives the book gravitas that belies its length.”—Washington Blade

“González writes with deep, soul-crushing sadness. He pens with the beauty of a poet.”—Dallas Voice 

About the Author

Rigoberto González is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose and the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. His memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa won the American Book Award, and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, serves on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

“Told in a series of revealing vignettes and poems, González’s Autobiography of my Hungers turns moments of need and want into revelations of truth and self-awareness, creating the portrait of an artist that is complex if not entirely complete.”—El Paso Times

“Through his provocative vignettes, González communicates a lifetime of struggle for affirmation and self-acceptance.”—Make/Shift 

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Product Details

  • Series: Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (May 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299292509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299292508
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rigoberto González was born in Bakersfield, California and raised in Michoacán, Mexico. The son and grandson of migrant farm workers, he is the author of fifteen books and the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology of Alurista's poetry. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Societry of America, the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Lambda Literary Award, he is contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is Professor of English at Rutgers--Newark, the State University of New Jersey. He lives in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary ann fuller young on February 23, 2014
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This is a beautifully sculpted rendition of what it feels like to differ from an established norm, any norm. I thank the author for speaking out. I thank the author for his honesty. Autobiography of My Hungers is a book every one should read for a myriad of reasons.
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