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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.

"Gomez explores survivor’s guilt as well as his belief in the strength of the queer community to rally from this tragedy. He balances hope and humor with the realities of hate, erasure, and violence.” - NewPages.com 

"Waltzes effortlessly between first person memoir and queer theory." - OutInPrint.com

"Essential." - Digg.com