Xavier Valcárcel

Xavier Valcárcel was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 13, 1985. He grew up in Loíza, where he lived for 31 years. He is a writer, visual artist, and cultural manager. He studied Fine Arts and Architecture Education at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, where he also completed a master’s degree in Cultural Management and Administration. In 2009, together with Nicole Delgado, he created the guerrilla publishing house Atarraya Cartonera. He has published seven books of poetry, including Cama onda (2007), Palo de lluvia (2010), Restos de lumbre y despedida (2012), El deber del pan (2013), and Fe de calendario (2016). His most recent publication is Aterrizar no es regreso, a personal chronicle (Ediciones Alayubia, San Juan, 2019). He has participated as a guest writer in various conferences, fairs, artistic residencies, readings, and exhibitions in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and Germany. Some of his texts have been translated into English, German, and Portuguese. When talking about his work, Xavier shares that “I have grown up amid the violence and beauty of an archipelago that does not rest or end. From there, my writing is, represents, embodies, reflects multiple identities, the ‘queer’ the Puerto Rican experience, the trapped against the sea, the broken, the dreams of the possible and the impossible, from a voice that is not only one voice but multiple voices at the same time.”  About the Letras Boricuas fellowship, Xavier reflects the following: “In a country where literature survives, is known and shines thanks to the tireless effort of the writers’ self-management (not thanks to the state or the institutions), a fellowship like this is a message in support of the work done. In that sense, after years of work, I feel that this fellowship is a recognition that comes as direct financial support to give continuity to my career and my creative production.”