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Papi Chulo. Dr. Carlos T. Mock. ISBN Complete:  978-0-9796457-0-9  $24.95

"If self-identity is a crucial issue in this literature, then national identity is what Carlos Mock addresses; and Papi Chulo, actually is the story of a country as seen through the eyes and lives of three strong women of several generations. For Carlos Mock, the theme is felt so strongly that it must be openly expressed. "To Puerto Ricans, I've become an American. But to Americans of Puerto Rican descent, I'm insufficiently Puerto Rican because I've not undergone the years of prejudice they have." So the question becomes, who are any of these characters, these authors, these people? And we've not yet begun to explore other themes of this writing: machismo versus homosexuality, male versus female, and how or even why that should alter to catch up to the rest of the world. Or the role of the various religions-Catholicism versus Santeria for example-that permeates in the novel. So much to read. So much to think of. Meanwhile welcome to this new line of Floricanto gay Hispanic books. I hope you enjoy the work, as much as I've enjoyed it." Felice Picano

Dr. Carlos Mock was born in San Juan, PR in 1956. After a career in Medicine, he turned to literature. Papi Chulo is his third novel. He currently edits Floricanto's LGBT Latino series

 

 

 

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a middle class family. Grew up in the San Francisco/Santa María suburb of San Juan and attended Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola prep school where upon graduation escaped to The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Then proceeded to attend the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan where he obtained a Doctor in Medicine degree in 1980.

After an internship in New Orleans and a four-year obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago he went to work in the private practice in the Chicago suburbs until 1996.Currently shares life in Chicago with his life partner, Bill Rattan, and their dogs Mellow and Mocha. Very active in the GLBT community by having served on the board of two organizations; Equality Illinois and Orgullo en Acción. He publishes a weekly newsletter with links to articles on a wide range of topics including Finance, Politics, and GLBT news at his blog: Newsletters by Carlos T Mock. They are also published in Facebook. Dr. Mock sends them to his subscribers upon request. Let us know if you'd like to receive the email.

He contributes columns regularly to Windy City Times in Chicago, Ambiente Magazine in Miami, Camp Newspaper in Kansas City. He's had several OP-Ed published at the Chicago Tribune.

Inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame iOctober 18th, 2007.

(The Windy City Times 2007-09-19) The Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues has named the 2007 list of individuals and organizations for inclusion in the only known government-sponsored hall of fame that honors members of the LGBT communities.

 

Borrowing Time: A Latino Sexual Odyssey - Floricanto Press 2003. My memoir, the struggle with coming out in a Latino Culture ruled by machismo, religion, and close family ties and then confronting AIDS.
 

Mosaic Virus Floricanto Press, A High profile pedophilia case involving a cardinal and the Church cover-up that follows. After you've finished the book go to: mosaicvirus.blogspot.com to read the research behind the story.

Papi Chulo: A Legend, a Novel, and the Puerto Rican Identity The story of Puerto Rico through the eyes of my grandmother, mother, and aunt. How the inaction of both leading political parties is turning our countrymen into stone as we lose our identities. Nominated for a Lammie from the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Cuba Libe: "Mentirita" Cuba's history from the Afro Cuban point of view. Released by Floricanto Press on October.

 

 

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MARIPOSAS: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry. By  Emanuel  Xavier,  Editor. ISBN: 978-0979645-79-2   176 p.  $19.95 

“Whether straight, bisexual, closeted or openly gay, Latino voices have made a deep mark in the poetry scene.  Despite distinction in style, dialect, and customs within the Latino mosaic, our voices have been unified by a determination to be heard.  Much like poetry in general, whether academic or self-taught, the need to express ourselves cannot be restricted within borders.  Whatever language transferred between pen and paper, it is imperative to share our experiences with the world at large.” 

Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino is a ground-breaking poetry collection edited by Emanuel Xavier.  The collection features the work of 17 poets from across the United States and Buenos Aires including: Francisco Aragon, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Brandon Lacy Campos, Dino Foxx, Andres “Chulisi” Rodriguez, Urayoan Noel, Yosimar Reyes, Robert Ortiz, Walter Viegas, Joe Jimenez, Will Sierra, Rane Arroyo, Pol Ajenjo, Daniel Torres, Carlos T. Mock, M.D., Xuan Carlos Espinoza-Cuellar and Emanuel Xavier.  Featured poems are published in English and Spanglish with several translated into or from Spanish.


 

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Luis Zapata. The Strongest Passion. Translated from Spanish by Clary Loisel, Ph.D., 2006. ISBN:  0-915745-76-3 $25.95 

Latino literature    Mexican fiction    Gay literature Latino Gays Hispanic literature Latin American Literature

Using only dialogue as its narrative technique, Luis Zapata recounts the story of his protagonist Santiago, a middle-aged businessman hopelessly in love with Arturo, a 19-year-old teenager, who is the son of Sarita, his best friend.  Through skillful and entertaining dialogues during their courtship, which continue once the conquest is achieved, the novel reflects the deep generational chasm between the characters.  Santiago is the completely dedicated representative of that mythical first generation of gringos born in Mexico--but in a gay version--who cultivates values and pursues goals in life and who believes in the middle-class version of national progress through personal and individual commitment.  Arturo, on the other hand, is the typical postmodern teenager: pragmatic, addicted to working out, hedonistic, vain to the point of being narcissistic, cynical to the point of being cruel, and materialistic to the point of accepting money as the only God. 

The personalities of each character are in stark contrast.  Arturo is gossipy, smooth-tongued, biting in his commentaries, and as Santiago says to him: “too intelligent and very mature for his age.”  Santiago is jealous and obsessive, as insecure as an adolescent, and already deeply worried about the imminent arrival of old age and the loss of being physically attractive to others.  Santiago is politically correct almost all the time.  While Arturo says “balls,” Santiago says “testicles.”  Arturo enjoys talking about sex, while for Santiago “it’s not good to talk about those things” although in the moment of passion his language becomes less conventional. 

In spite of the seductive physical attributes of Arturo, for Santiago sex is no longer everything, and it is because of this that he believes he sees in the young man the ideal candidate to receive his love.  Arturo, for his part, convinced of the worth of his body as a means to obtain money and frustrated at the few material possessions that his mother allows him to have, decides to explore a possible relationship with Santiago to the fullest extent even though to do so may mean that he will have to alternate between the role of a “trophy husband” and that of a bored “house husband.” 

For her part, Sarita is omnipresent as the obligatory reference point and apparent topic of conversation during many of the discussions between Santiago and Arturo.  However, as the novel progresses, the reader will better understand the important role of Sarita as the catalyst of the relationship between Santiago and her son, Arturo.  Moreover, Sarita serves as a person who can legitimize social and personal status for both characters. 

Because of its formal structure and theme, The Strongest Passion could be classified as a psychological novel because it permits the full exploration of the subjectivity of the characters through language.  Whether what is said occurs during telephone conversations or in face to face meetings, the reader is a witness to the constant dialogue between Santiago and Arturo.  Zapata demonstrates his mastery of this technique, which will serve as a multifaceted recourse to develop a complex portrait of the characters and reflect their entire objective and subjective world.  Thus, through every day discourse, the characters are defined by what they say and the way they say it as well as by what they do not say.

Taking full advantage of all possibilities of verbal eroticism, Zapata creates innovative sexual scenes in Mexican literature.  In this way, the detailed description of the spontaneous or fictional game of hot line in the telephone conversations between the characters, or the incorporation of video as yet another variant on the erotic game, are situations that allow the powerful link that unites the couple to be expressed.  These depictions are also well utilized narrative recourses that allow the author to explore fully his proposed themes.

Thus, in The Strongest Passion, Zapata shows us that if indeed there are “women who love too much,” there are also “homosexuals who love too much.”  As Santiago realizes the impossibility of a reciprocal love, the reader experiences the process of an existential adaptation and the deconstruction of Santiago’s discourse on love.  When Santiago realizes how his life must be, he gladly accepts his fate: during his life he has played, plays and will continue to play the role of the fool.  Nevertheless, far from being worried by it, he accepts such a role as a sign of identity that will give him the desired peace and the tranquility of knowing who he is in life.  However, this realization will take a heavy toll on him and will slowly cost him his fortune.  Santiago is the typical case of a generation and of a “cultural love model” that is out-of-date and exaggerated.  At the end of his long amorous journey—through therapeutic attempts at daily conversation—Santiago learns that the buying and selling of passion, as a substitute for love, is nothing more than yet another variant on being foolhardy.

Clary Loisel, Ph.D. 

 


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Chat Room & other Latino Plays. Leo Cabranes-Grant.  ISBN: 978-0-9796457-5-4 $22.95

"It gives me great pleasure to introduce Floricanto's New Series: Latino GLBT works. In this edition, we have "The Chat Room and Other Latino Plays" which explores the complexities of Latino gay life through characters and events that challenge our expectations in both funny and disturbing ways. Several closeted men meet in a public space to flirt with each other, but end up discussing the joys and pains of fatherhood. A bisexual man surprises his gay partner with an unusual birthday gift: a Puerto Rican. A Latino-Rican decides to pursue a chat room date with a mysterious man that slowly takes over his apartment and even brings a woman in. All three plays are an invitation to revise our values and to experiment with new identities. " Carlos T Mock, MD "...That's one very important reason why this new line from Floricanto Press exists: to provide Latinos/as and other readers, writers, and interviewers with GLBT writers of quality who will provide significant work about the Latino-American gay experience. Writers like Leo Cabranes, whose plays Floricanto is putting out, in effect, leading the way. Leo addresses the issue: what does it mean to be a Latino-American in the U.S? How does the color of your skin, or your accent, or any of a dozen of perceived differences affect not only how you may be treated-demonized, vilified, adored, iconized-but also how you come to perceive yourself? And how does that change who you become? In Mortality, the changing and changeable nature of Latino American GLBT identity becomes a toy played with by the characters and the author to express and illuminate the underlying anxiety that this topic always incites. And we've not yet begun to explore other themes of this writing: machismo versus homosexuality, male versus female, and how or even why that should alter to catch up to the rest of the world. Or the role of the various religions-Catholicism versus Santeria for example-that are touched upon in these works. So much to read. So much to think of. Meanwhile welcome to this new line of Floricanto gay Hispanic books. I hope you enjoy the work, as much as I've enjoyed it." Felice Picano


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Papi Chulo. Dr. Carlos T. Mock. ISBN Complete:  978-0-9796457-0-9  $24.95

"If self-identity is a crucial issue in this literature, then national identity is what Carlos Mock addresses; and Papi Chulo, actually is the story of a country as seen through the eyes and lives of three strong women of several generations. For Carlos Mock, the theme is felt so strongly that it must be openly expressed. "To Puerto Ricans, I've become an American. But to Americans of Puerto Rican descent, I'm insufficiently Puerto Rican because I've not undergone the years of prejudice they have." So the question becomes, who are any of these characters, these authors, these people? And we've not yet begun to explore other themes of this writing: machismo versus homosexuality, male versus female, and how or even why that should alter to catch up to the rest of the world. Or the role of the various religions-Catholicism versus Santeria for example-that permeates in the novel. So much to read. So much to think of. Meanwhile welcome to this new line of Floricanto gay Hispanic books. I hope you enjoy the work, as much as I've enjoyed it." Felice Picano

Dr. Carlos Mock was born in San Juan, PR in 1956. After a career in Medicine, he turned to literature. Papi Chulo is his third novel. He currently edits Floricanto's LGBT Latino series


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Borrowing Time: A Latino Sexual Odyssey. By Carlos T. Mock, M.D. 978-0-915745-77-7 $24.95 300 pgs.

"Whatever your orientation, no matter your ethnicity, you'll never be the same after a journey through this odyssey. A vivid and visceral portrayal of a sexual and political coming-of-age in today's America-and beyond." Laura S. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor, DePaul University; Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times "Gay literature is rich in so many areas, yet we still have a need for strong stories from the world of Latino culture-about family, about youth, about coming out, about creating adult relationships, about AIDS. Now, Carlos Mock give us a strong Puerto Rican story that deals with all these isues." -Patricia Nell Warren, author of The Front Runner and The Wild Man. In Borrowing Time: a Latino Sexual Odyssey we get a glimpse of the different manifestations of AIDS: the fear, the shame, the regrets and the final victory. The "AIDS" crisis has been an opportunity for the homosexual community for growth, for strengthening ties, for reclaiming rights from the government, and, above all, for reflection. The AIDS epidemic can be seen by many as a curse, and for others, as the opportunity to bring out the best in you. My work as a sex therapist over 23 years with couples and individuals-many of whom are gays, lesbians, and bisexuals-has put me in touch with an issue that inevitably comes up: feelings of self-hatred and shame that many homosexuals internalize. The lack of tolerance for sexual diversity and the myopic vision of many fundamentalist religious groups have contributed to the prejudices. Books like Borrowing Time: a Latino Sexual Odyssey can be antidotes for this lack of understanding and acceptance. It can also be a useful tool for any homosexual or lesbian to understand and accept him or herself, without judgments. It takes the reader, gay or straight, into the mind, heart and dreams of Juan Subirá Rexach with great candor, honesty and humor. Dra. Gloria Mock


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Mosaic Virus. By Carlos T. Mock, M.D.  9780915745798  $24.95

 It is 1983. In Rome, Cardinal Siri, the most powerful Cardinal in the Vatican, summons a young Jesuit priest and assigns him a grave and urgent task. The Vatican has been keeping secret an epidemic of deaths among priests in the northeastern United States. Father Javier Barraza must determine how and why they are dying-and whether a suspected international conspiracy against the Holy Roman Church is coming to fruition. Barraza is an Argentinean who has risen swiftly through the ranks to the post of Devil's Advocate-an investigator of candidates for sainthood. In his new assignment, his path immediately intersects with Lillian Davis-Lodge, a special agent with the FBI, and a compelling figure from Barraza's past. The reappearance of Lillian is more than mere coincidence; she is far from the "special agent" she claims to be. She occupies the highest echelons of power in the United States, with full access to information and influence. Secrets and spies inhabit the subterranean world of the Church just as they do the government of the United States, and a disturbing trail of evidence strongly indicates to Barraza that his Church may be complicit in what he has been assigned to investigate. Set in the arcane, yet alluring world of the Vatican, The Mosaic Virus will grip you in its terrifyingly-true-to-life tale of secrets, sex and violence. At the end, you'll pray that it's only fiction. Carlos Mock's maiden voyage proves he is already a master storyteller.

Laura S. Washington Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor, DePaul University Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times A virus, man-made and swiftly lethal, has killed the priests, and a Cardinal in the United States is involved. As Barraza uncovers more about the role of his Church and the true origin of its laws about celibacy and its gay priests, he begins to fundamentally question his allegiance to Rome and to the doctrines of his faith. When he and Lillian find the creators of the virus, they find themselves in a desperate game of wits with faceless, mysterious, all-powerful institutions looking to protect their public image at all costs. Javier and Lillian are expendable, and even Lillian cannot protect them.


 

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