Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBTQ activist, co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and an Assistant Professor at Hostos Community College – City University of New York. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.
His debut novel Chulito (Magnus Books 2011) has received nearly a dozen awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards - Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association and a "Small Press Highlights" mention from the National Book Critics Circle.
He co-edited, From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture/Lethe Press 2011) and his play I Just Love Andy Gibb was published in Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology (Duke Press 2016). His writing has been published in nearly a dozen anthologies. His many honors include an Audre Lorde scholarship from the ZAMI Foundation, a P.R.I.D.E. (Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment) Award, and the Lambda Literary Foundation's Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award in 2014. He was honored by the New York City Council in 2016 and received a 2017 Gay City News Impact Award for his activism and contributions to advancing the lives of LGBTQ people.
He is completing his second novel The Hearts of Hunts Point and co-editing An Introduction to LGBTQ Literature and is the chair of the board for The Bronx Council on the Arts and The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.