From Macho to Mariposa
ed. by Charles Rice-Gonzalez and Charlie Vázquez
Prepare yourself to dance in a disco in Silver Lake, check out papis in Orchard Beach, cross the border from Guatemala to Mexico on your way to the U.S., see a puro macho bathe in a river in Puerto Rico, make love under a full moon in the Dominican Republic, sigh at a tender moment in an orange grove in Lindsay, visit a panaderia in Kansas, see a full blown birthday party in Juarez, and be seduced by a young artist in the South Bronx. These are some of the stories in this collection of thirty gay Latino writers from around the United States. There are "don't mess with me" divas, alluring bad boys, and sexy teenagers, but also empowered youth for whom being queer is not a question and a family that grows wings on their heads. The infectious rhythms of House music in New York City are adjacent to cumbia in Mexico, next to reggaeton in Puerto Rico, alongside Latin pop in L.A. and merengue in an east coast city. But the spectrum of experiences and emotions that inhabit our days gives these stories dimension and gay/queer Latinos a common ground. The stories are vibrantly varied and clearly connected in this "era of lost signals" in which we live.
''Dozens of gay Latino writers from all over the United States came together for the publication of From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction. Though the stories may take many different forms through the voices of many people, they all center on those themes that are essential to the human experience like family, friends, happiness, loneliness, pain, neglect, sex, and love. The tales are woven together in a way that touches on the differences but more importantly highlights those similarities that create unshakable bonds. This is a must read not just for gay Latinos, but for anyone of the human persuasion.'' - Latina Magazine
by Roberto F. Santiago
Angel Park explores the intersections of identity (familial, gender, sexuality, racial, ethnic, spiritual, class, and linguistic) vis-a-vis the vehicles of travel, or motion from the familiar to the new, the loss of innocence that occurs within the process of maturation."
Listed as one of 23 essential new books by Latino Essential books of poetry by Latino authors selected by Times Critic-at-Large Rigoberto González!
A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Poetry!
Roberto F. Santiago has an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University and is a Coordinator of Post-Secondary Education in San Francisco. He is a Lambda Literary Scholar and past recipient of the Alfred C. Carey Prize for Poetry. He lives in Oakland.
Paperback, 110 pages