More About the Author
The author of the novel, Christ Like, the poetry collections, Nefarious, Pier Queen, Americano- Growing Up Gay And Latino in the USA and If Jesus Were Gay & other poems, 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.
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 has staged benefits for queer youth of color and has been a longtime gay rights activist and also organized benefits for groups such as the World Trade Center Disaster Relief Fund, Latino Commission on AIDS, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Youth Enrichment Services, and Sylvia's Place. He has also shared his poetry at events for The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, No on Prop 8, Behind the Book, Fierce, The Hetrick Martin Institute, Live Out Loud, and many others.
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. 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 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 an International Latino Books Award. 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, Japanese and Serbian.
He continues to be invited to share his work regularly at colleges and universities throughout the country, political events and abroad. In 2014, he spoke about arts and cultural diplomacy at The United Nations.
His work has also appeared in the books For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough and Born This Way, based on the popular blog of the same name.
In 2015, he was featured as a TEDx Speaker.