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Pier Queen Paperback – October, 1997

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"... groundbreaking in that it bridges the politics surrounding race, gender, sexuality, class, and questions prevailing definitions of Latino masculinity." -- riodesoul.com

"His poetry is . . . comic and profound, and bursting with a politic which transcends the polemic, transmuting anger into vision." -- www.QueerReads.com

. . . a wrinkled yet sentimental world perilously eroding like the piers themselves where Emanuel created himself. . . loud and daring. . . extreme and exuberant. -- KEITH ROACH, Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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. -- JAIME MANRIQUE, author of TWILIGHT AT THE EQUATOR

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Pier Queen Productions (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965870839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965870832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,575,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Tradiciones" and "Bushwick Bohemia" are the bomb. Overall, this is a jagged collection of poems which display the author's strengths and weaknesses. Yet, this is what makes his writing real and universal. Xavier's simple words come straight from the heart with the audacity to keep it real.
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I FINALLY got my hands on this book after reading "Christ-Like." I laughed, I cried, I loved it! I look forward to anything Xavier publishes. He is too fierce!
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I love this book i read all of his others and i couldnt find this one till now.
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