(1968 - living) Philipines - U.S.A.
Joël was born in Manila. Philipines. He received his B.A. at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University.
Joël is the editor of Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queer Pilipino, Asian, and Pacific Islander (P.A.P.I.) Porn (Cleis Press). Joël's essays, poems, and fiction have been published in several academic and popular venues. He recently wrote a play with Ginu Kamani entitled, "The Cure". Joël is also a well-respected AIDS activist and has advocated for communities of color in various capacities for the past 14 years.
He is a co-founder of Los Angeles' Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team & currently works for the Orange County AIDS Services Foundation in Southern California where he lives with his partner. Joël is also the Community Engagement Director of San Francisco's acclaimed arts venue, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Prior to his work with Yerba Buena, he was the Associate Artistic Director for Asian American Theater Company and worked with the National Pilipino Arts Network.
Joël is the author of two volumes of poetry, Monster (Noice Press, 2002) and Type O Negative (Red Hen Press, 2006), and the editor of Inside Him - Gay Erotic Fiction (Carroll & Graf, 2006) and Best Gay Asian Erotica (Cleis, 1998 & 2003). He is currently working on a collaboration project with award-winning composer Francis Wong and choreographer, Alleluia Panis on an opera entitled Savage, I and an NEA-funded poetry and performance project, Sons with poet Jaime Jacinto and promising young San Francisco Filipino American poets.