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
"Santiago’s words compel audiences to keep reading, to dance their own salsa, feeling all its rhythm and heat. I did not want this book to end." - Melissa Adamo for the Rumpus
Hustler Rave XXX
by David Caleb Acevedo and Charlie Vázquez
The meanings of "a hustler" or "a hustle" can be interpreted in many ways, but in gay urban society, the norm is young men providing sexual services to "customers" in exchange for money or other kinds of compensation such as gifts or intoxicants to their "boys." While it's easy for many to dismiss such individuals as scum of the streets (as with female prostitutes), hustlers often come from troubled backgrounds, and it's crucial that we not dehumanize them. As dartboards for the ills of contemporary society (racism/sexism, homophobia/transphobia, sexual/substance/physical abuse, mental illness, HIV/STDs, etc), young men and women that turn to the streets, alleys, cheap hotels and the Internet for survival are reflections and manifestations of a greater societal collapse. In the pages of Hustler Rave XXX, Latino poets David Caleb Acevedo and Charlie Vázquez present portrait character studies of very human urban hustlers that seek to answer our strange sense of fascination with these young men.
Paperback, 98 pages