October OSCURO presents poet Emanuel Xavier

A few months ago I received a copy of Me No Habla with Acento, a collection of spoken word and poetry published by Rebel Satori Press in association with El Museo del Barrio.

Edited by Emanuel Xavier, this collection includes works by Edwin Torres, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Maria Rodriguez-Morales, Erik “Advocate of Wordz” Maldonado, Bonafide Rojas, Luzma Umpierre, Paul S. Flores, Roberto “Simply Rob” Vassilarakis, Caridad de la Luz “La Bruja”, Nancy Mercado, Urayoan Noel, Chris “Chilo” Cajigas, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Roberto F. Santiago, Frank Perez, Sheila Maldonado, John “Chance” Acevedo, Machete Movement, Lisa Alvarado, A.B. Lugo, Jason “Majestik Originality” Hernandez, Myrna Nieves, Tito Luna, and Carlos Andrez Gomez.

My review of Me No Habla with Acento is still pending, but I am thrilled to share with you today editor and poet Emanuel Xavier reading from his collection If Jesus were Gay and other Poems.

Although this reading was recorded for October OSCURO, it’s a special honor to include this reading today, on #SpiritDay, a Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) campaign to stand in solidarity with LGBT youth.

Many beautiful voices from our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community are often stifled, and many times tragically silenced, so it’s our honor to share with you the beautiful voice and spirit which is Emanuel Xavier.


About the Poet

Emanuel Xavier is author of the novel Christ Like, the poetry collection, If Jesus Were Gay & other poems, and the forthcoming Pier Queen and Americano.  He was proclaimed a GLBT Icon by the Equality Forum in 2010 and is recipient of the Marsha A. Gomez Cultural Heritage Award, a New York City Council Citation, and a World Pride Award.  He is editor of Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry, Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry, and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry.

Connect with Emanuel on Facebook and check out his website www.emanuelxavier.com.

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