Charles Rice-González was born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx. He is a writer, community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He holds an MFA from Goddard College. His work has been published in The Pitkin Review, Los Otros Cuerpos, the first anthology of Puerto Rican queer work, and in Best Gay Stories 2008. His plays include Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo and I Just Love Andy Gibb winner of Pregones Theater’s 2005 ASUNCION Play Series. He has been awarded writerships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2006 and 2007, a residency from the Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY and a fellowship to the Macondo Writing Workshop in summer 2009. He received an Audre Lorde scholarship in 2007 from the ZAMI Foundation and a P.R.I.D.E. Award in 1997. His debut novel, Chulito about a tough, sexy, hip hop-loving, young Latino, coming out and of age in the South Bronx, will be published by Alyson Books in April 2010 and he will edit a queer Latino Anthology that will be published by Tincture, a new imprint of Lethe Press, in September 2010. He is currently working on his second novel, Hunts Point, a look at a South Bronx neighborhood through a queer Latino lens.