The Philippine native, world-traveler and Sunnyside resident was named Queens' fifth poet laureate in a June 17th Borough Hall ceremony organized by Queens College and the borough president's office.
The three-year, non-salaried appointment places Javier at the forefront of poetry in Queens, where he'll take over poet laureate duties from his predecessor, Julio Manzan, who held the post from 2007-2010.
“I hope to continue the rich and sophisticated history of innovative writers and artists emerging from and working in Queens,” said Javier, a self-described “once-global nomad” who found a permanent home in multicultural Queens, after living in Asia and the Middle East, because he had “no trouble finding the world in it.”
Besides pushing his own career, Javier has big plans for poetry education across the borough.
He is planning to launch a poetry literacy program for public schools, a reading series and a large poetry festival in collaboration with the Queens Public Library.
Borough President Helen Marshall called Javier an “up-and-coming poet,” with a “clearly articulated vision of how to promote a love of poetry among our diverse youth.”
“We are very excited to collaborate with him over the next three years,” she added.
Javier, who also dabbles in theater writing and filmmaking, is the author of several books of poetry, including the time at the end of this writing, which won a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award in 2005. His forthcoming book of poetry is titled The Feeling is Actual.