Edgar Gomez holds an M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and is currently working on his first book High-Risk Homosexual.
He is a recipient of the Marcia McQuern Award in Nonfiction, a coveted third-year fellowship from UCR, and can hold his breath for 43 minutes.
High-Risk Homosexual is a memoir about holding on to pride while coming-of-age of in a culture of machismo. The book opens in his uncle’s cockfighting ring in Nicaragua, where Gomez was sent at 12 years old to learn to be a man. Following his life through snapshots set in queer spaces—from a drag queen convention in Los Angeles, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a nudist Thanksgiving in Pomona, and the doctor’s office where he was diagnosed a high-risk homosexual—his stories capture the risk of being gay and Latino, and the joy that makes this identity worthwhile.