Emanuel Xavier is the author of five books of poetry: Radiance (Rebel Satori Press, 2016), Nefarious (Rebel Satori Press, 2013), Americano: Growing Up Gay & Latino in the U.S.A (Rebel Satori Press, 2012), Pier Queen (Rebel Satori Press, 2012), and If Jesus Were Gay & other poems (Rebel Satori Press, 2010), as well as the novel Christ Like (Rebel Satori Press, 2009).
A former homeless gay teen, Xavier is a longtime gay rights activist and homeless youth advocate. His honors include the Marsha A. Gomez Cultural Heritage Award, a New York City Council Citation, a Gay City News Impact Award, and a World Pride Award. He has also appeared on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and regularly tours around the world as a spoken word artist. He currently works for Penguin Random House and lives in Brooklyn, New York.