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Self-published as a chapbook in 1997, Pier Queen launched the career of spoken word artist and poet Emanuel Xavier with classics such as “Tradiciones” and “Nueva York”- both featured on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry– and other poems which captured the voice of a generation of queer people of color. For the first time ever, this ground-breaking collection becomes available featuring snapshots taken at the West Side Highway piers throughout the years by photographer Richard Renaldi. This collaboration is a gift to the LGBTQ community and for those who may be interested in how pier queens became poets and great artists against all odds to inspire others to rise above adversity.

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Publisher
Rebel Satori Press
Publish Date
2012

Reviews

“”In the classic poetry collection Pier Queen, Emanuel Xavier’s words shimmer and spark with all the audacious energy of streetwise queer Latino culture. It goes right to the heart of the matter of his world and shines a bright spotlight revealing beauty, scars and the bared souls of its inhabitants.”

—Charles Rice-González

“Once in a generation, a new voice emerges that makes us see the world in a dazzling new light. Emanuel Xavier is that kind of writer- exciting, vibrant, unique, a visionary bard”

—Jaime Manrique

“… a wrinkled yet sentimental world perilously eroding like the piers themselves where Emanuel created himself … loud and daring … extreme and exuberant”

—Keith Roach

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