Fiction & Non-Fiction Author
Gerard Cabrera’s fiction has appeared in the literary journals Acentos Review, JONATHAN, Kweli, and Apricity, and his poetry includes the chapbooks Indefeasible Coinage and The Knock-Off Artist. Other writing has appeared in Gay Community News and Gay City News. He has attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, The Writers Studio, and has been a Bread Loaf Camargo Foundation Fellow in Cassis, France. Gerard's story "Disorder Under Heaven: The Situation is Excellent." was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Apricity Press (Issue 6) in 2021.
Gerard earned a degree in English and American Literature at Brandeis University, his Masters's Degree in Public Health from Hunter College, and his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. He served on the board of Gay Community News, was a member of the theater troupe United Fruit Company, and competed in the 1994 Gay Games.
Over the years, Gerard helped run one of the first safe-sex programs for people with mental disabilities, helped found an LGBT Puerto Rican empowerment group, and been active in New York’s LGBT community. Past jobs include working on an Old Spice assembly line, as a convenience store clerk, as a kosher dishwasher, a secretary, a bank teller, as well as in non-profits, universities, and as an attorney representing indigent people in housing court, civil court, and probate court. He has also practiced health care and regulatory law and is currently a court attorney in New York City Family Court. Gerard is a Massarican from Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Dr. Seuss, Dr. Timothy Leary, Absorbine, Jr., basketball, and the first American dictionary. He lives and works in New York City.
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Homo Novus - A Novel
Piety, compassion, lust, love… Feelings all the more potent when you are a Catholic priest confined to your hospital bed by an AIDS diagnosis, being comforted by the seminarian you sexually abused as an adolescent. It's Holy Week 1987. The priest is Fr. Linus Fitzgerald, the young seminarian is Orlando Rosario. Both are shocked and shaken as they reflect on their desires and dreams, secrets and sins, hopes and faith, and the paths that brought them together. In Homo Novus, Gerard Cabrera illuminates with deep empathy and stark emotional honesty the journey these two men take separately and together — a journey that began with a violation of trust and leads them to places – sacred and profane — that they never imagined.
Gay Fiction/Literary Fiction/Hispanic
Where to Buy
Booklife by Publisher's Weekly
This stellar novel lays bare the heart and secrets of a priest with AIDS in 1987.
“A spirit of mercy powers this humane story of transgression, abuse, sin, and connection. Sexually frank, emotionally bold, and always arresting, Homo Novus digs deep into relationships most fiction shies away from, laying bare the toll of repression and secret-keeping, while charting a rich generational shift at an impossibly perilous moment for gay men. The final pages will stir tears from readers of serious fiction.”