Autobiography of My Hungers (Hardcover)

By Rigoberto Gonzalez

University of Wisconsin Press, 9780299292508, 113pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 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 sAutobiography of my Hungersturns 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 of thirteen books of poetry and prose and the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. His memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa won the American Book Award, and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, serves on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey."