Class of ’88
This chapter explores the author’s feelings about AIDS as a young man; he believed that if he did not admit he was gay, he would not contract the disease. He also believed that, since the men who he saw on the news who were afflicted with AIDS were white, it was not a risk to him, an immigrant from Mexico.
Rigoberto González is the author of seventeen books of poetry and prose. His awards include the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Prize of the Poetry Society of America, a Lambda Literary Award, the Poetry Center Book Award, and Guggenheim, NEA, NYFA, andUSA Rolón fellowships. He is director of the MFA program in creative writing at Rutgers–Newark, the State University of New Jersey.