May 3, 1971
"Being Latino and gay gives me much to write about. Anything that oppresses us as artists is always great fodder for art."
Emanuel Xavier is a poet, author and editor. He is one of the most significant openly gay Latino spoken word artists of his generation.
Xavier was born in
, the child of an Ecuadorian mother and a Puerto Rican father who abandoned the family before his son was born. When Xavier was three, he was sexually abused by a family member. At 16, when Xavier came out to his mother, she threw him out of the house. Brooklyn, New York
A homeless gay teen on the streets of
"Pier Queen" (1997), Xavier’s self-published poetry collection, established him in the
"Americano" (2002), another poetry collection and Xavier’s first official published work, advanced his prominence within the literary community of color. Xavier edited "Bullets & Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry" (2005), for which he received a second Lambda Literary Award nomination.
In 2005, Xavier was the victim of a random attack by a group of young men. As a result of the beating, he lost all hearing in his right ear, but continued to write and perform.
Xavier reflects on the assault in his poem "Passage":
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Books by Emanuel Xavier
- Pier Queen (1997)
- Americano (2002)
- Bullets & Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry (2005)
- MARIPOSAS: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (2008)
- Christ Like (2009)
- If Jesus Were Gay & other poems (2010)
Article about Emanuel Xavier
Recordings by Emanuel Xavier
Videos of Emanuel Xavier
- Emanuel Xavier on Def Poetry: Nueva York
- Emanuel Xavier on Def Poetry: Tradiciónes
- Legendary (The E-Mix) Music Video