Can a person be gay and Catholic? Is homosexuality inborn or learned? Are there gays in the military? Was Rizal a homosexual? What should a beginning gay writer do? Why do fathers beat up their swishy sons? Why are there no happy gay stories? Are all gays inborn volleybelles? How do gays feel about growing old? Why are gays promiscuous?
These are some of the queer queries that people normally ask in private (in other words, inside the closet) and that J. Neil C. Garcia boldly attempts to provide answers for in Closet Queeries.
J. Neil C. Garcia finished his BA Journalism (magna cum laude) in the University of Santo Tomas in 1990. He is currently teaching creative writing and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines , Diliman, where he also serves as an associate for poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing . He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including Our Lady of the Carnival (1996), The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Philippine Gay Culture: The Last Thirty Years (1996), Slip/pages: Essays in Philippine Gay Criticism (1998), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005), and Misterios and Other Poems ( 2005) His latest critical work , Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques , is a revised version of his PhD dissertation in English Studies: Creative Writing, which he completed in 2003. He is currently working on a full-length book, a postcolonial survey and analysis of Philippine poetry in English.