On Monday October 24, poet Emanuel Xavier visited Amity High School to share his work and engage in a discussion about writing and life with students. Mr. Xavier is the award-winning author of five books of poetry including his latest book Radiance. He has spoken at the United Nations, was a Tedx featured speaker, and was featured on Russell Simmons Def Poetry. He is also a gay rights activist and homeless youth advocate.
Several classes attended the event including Creative Writing classes as well as members of PLAHD, Amity’s gay-straight alliance. During the presentation, Mr. Xavier read several spoken-word poems on growing up gay and homeless in New York City, poems on Latino and American identity, and poems on belonging, healing, acceptance, and love.
He also engaged in a Q and A with the students, allowing them to ask him questions about his writing process and the life experiences that have influenced his work.
Mr. Xavier was brought to the school by English teacher Jeni Bonaldo. The event was hosted by the Amity High School Media Center and made possible by a generous grant from the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.