Autobiography of My Hungers

Autobiography of My Hungers

By Rigoberto Gonzalez

University of Wisconsin Press, Hardcover, 9780299292508, 113pp.

Publication Date: May 2013

Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of the critically acclaimed memoir "Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa," takes a second piercing look at his past through a startling new lens: hunger. The need for sustenance originating in childhood poverty, the adolescent emotional need for solace and comfort, the adult desire for a larger world, another lover, a different body all are explored by Gonzalez in a series of heartbreaking and poetic vignettes. Each vignette is a defining moment of self-awareness, every moment an important step in a lifelong journey toward clarity, knowledge, and the nourishment that comes in various forms even "the smallest biggest joys" help piece together a complex portrait of a gay man of color who at last defines himself by what he learns, not by what he yearns for.
Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, Publishing Triangle
Told in a series of revealing vignettes and poems, Gonzalez s"Autobiography of my Hungers"turns moments of need and want into revelations of truth and self-awareness, creating the portrait of an artist that is complex if not entirely complete. "El Paso Times"
Through his provocative vignettes, Gonzalez communicates a lifetime of struggle for affirmation and self-acceptance. "Make/Shift.

About the Author
Rigoberto Gonzalez is the author 15 books, including the poetry collections OUR LADY OF THE CROSSWORD (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2015), Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and OTHER FUGITIVES AND OTHER STRANGERS (Tupelo Press, 2006). A professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, he is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolon fellowships; a NYFA grant in poetry; the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; The Poetry Center Book Award; the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award; and the 2015 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle.