Partner Bill Sullivan
University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620, Stati Uniti
Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075, USA
Jaime Manrique (born 16 June 1949) is a bilingual Colombian American novelist, poet, essayist, educator, and translator. As an adolescent in Colombia in the early 1960s, Jaime Manrique was shaken by a screening of Ken Hughes’ 1960 film about the Wilde scandal. He recalled that there was only one man known to be gay in Barranquilla, a certain ‘Tarzan’. ‘He was an outcast and an object of ridicule … I put together the two images of homosexuality I knew – Oscar Wilde and Tarzan – and I thought this meant I was doomed to a life of ostracism.’
Manrique was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. He lived his childhood between the city of his birth and Bogotá. In 1966, he emigrated with his mother to Lakeland, Florida. He received a B.A. in English literature at the University of South Florida in 1972.
In 1974, Manrique met Pauline Kael, The New Yorker's film critic, with whom he began a friendship that lasted until her death in 2001. His book Notas de Cine: Confesiones de un Crítico Amateur (1979), is dedicated to Kael.
In 1977, Manrique received permission from the Argentine novelist Manuel Puig to join a workshop that Puig taught at Columbia University. Manrique was working on El cadáver de papá (1980). Puig encouraged him to continue writing fiction when he said that he liked his writing because "it came from under the epidermis." They became friends after that. Manrique described their friendship in The Writer As Diva, an essay included in Eminent Maricones.
Featured in Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers by Robert Giard [Rights Notice: Copyright Jonathan G. Silin (firstname.lastname@example.org)]
Also in 1977, Manrique met the American painter Bill Sullivan. The couple lived between Colombia and Venezuela until the end of 1979. Until Sullivan's death in 2010, they remained partners.
Jaime Manrique began his career as university professor in the USA in 1987 at the Eugene Lang College of The New School for Social Research (The New School). His career as educator continues to this day.
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