Emanuel Xavier is the author of six books of poetry: Selected Poems of Emanuel Xavier (Rebel Satori Press, 2021), 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 (Rebel Satori Press, 2020), as well as the novel Christ Like (Rebel Satori Press, 2019). He is editor of Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry (Rebel Satori Press, 2011) and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press, 2008).
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 an International Latino Book Award. He 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 New York City.