Charlie Vázquez

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Charlie Vázquez
BornCarlos Luis Vázquez
(1971-05-14) May 14, 1971 (age 48)
Bronx, New York
OccupationArtist, writer, musician, publisher

Carlos Luis "Charlie" Vázquez (born May 14, 1971) is a self-identified queer American artist, writer, and musician of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent and a New York Foundation For The Arts and NEA Fellow for poetry.[1] He is also the editor of Fireking Press, where he has published a novel and a book of short stories. His fiction, erotica and essays have appeared in a number of anthologies, magazines, and websites. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner, poet John Williams.

Early years[edit]

Vázquez was born at Fordham Hospital in the Bronx, New York, on May 14, 1971, to a Cuban-Puerto Rican mother and Puerto Rican father.


Vázquez's first novel, Buzz and Israel (Fireking Press, 2004),[2] details the complicated relationship between Israel, a closeted Puerto Rican actor, and Buzz, a junkie and jewelry store thief.

Buzz and Israel was followed by Business as Unusual in 2007, also published by Fireking Press. Business as Unusual is a fiction collection composed of two novellas and three short stories that were written in Southern California, Baja California, Oregon, and New York City.

His second novel, Contraband, was published in 2010 by Rebel Satori Press. It superimposes a 1959 Cuban Revolution-styled technological overhaul of government onto the United States of the near future, where intellectuals, queers and artists are sought and executed by a faceless dictatorship.

Vázquez's fiction, erotica and essays have been published in a number of anthologies, including Best Gay Love Stories: New York City (2006), Best Gay Erotica 2008 and Queer and Catholic (2008).[3][4][5] His short stories, articles and interviews have also appeared in print and online publications such as,, Tanglefoot, Dreck Magazine,, and Mensbook Journal.[6][7] He is also a former contributor to the Village Voice blog Naked City.

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  1. ^ "Author Profile: Charlie Vázquez" Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 13 February 2009.
  2. ^ Vázquez, Charlie. Buzz and Israel. New York: Fireking Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9764582-0-9
  3. ^ Vázquez, Charlie. "Interiors." In Brad Nichols, ed., Best Gay Love Stories: New York City, 221-228. New York, Alyson, 2006. ISBN 1-55583-973-8
  4. ^ Vázquez, Charlie. "Rushing Tide of Sanity." In Richard Labonté, ed., Best Gay Erotica 2008, 164-175. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 2008. ISBN 1-57344-301-8
  5. ^ Vázquez, Charlie. "Presión Bajo Gracia." In Amie E. Evans and Trebor Healey, eds., Queer and Catholic, 105-116. New York: Routledge, 2008. ISBN 1-56023-713-9
  6. ^ Vázquez, Charlie. "City of the Dead." Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Issue # 3, retrieved 13 February 2009.
  7. ^ Vázquez, Charlie. "Art's Forgotten Widow." Archived March 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (Interview with Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, author of Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Extravaganza: Hard Tails.) (posted 16 January 2009), retrieved 13 February 2009.