Openly gay poet Emanuel Xavier, considered one of the founders of contemporary “mariposa lit,” is once again delving into his personal biography with the new full-length poetry collection Nefarious.
“[The collection addresses] relationships, heartbreaks, life as a spoken word artist and second acts,” says Xavier.
Fresh off a reading of some of his new work last week at La Casa Azul, Xavier says that one of his biggest motivations continues to be the desire to honestly relate his own experience.
“It’s okay to write poems about your toothbrush, but I prefer to keep it real. I’ve had an interesting life. [I’d rather] write about my own experiences than some old white guy living in the Midwest.”