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June–July 2019

The Queer Issue X

Image: Sewingbug Studio, Nix, from "Club Kids." Image courtesy of Sewingbug Studio, Seoul.

Welcome to our tenth annual Queer issue. In first-person narratives rich with intimacy and immediacy, LGBTQ characters explore the search for success in love and work, negotiate complex sexual and social currents, and grapple with passion and obsession. Matteo Bianchi finds an anxious college senior falling for a surprising partner. Céline Minard’s giddy writer gaily confesses the hoax at the base of her career. Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro channels a tough girl fighting her way into a gang, while Lu Min’s young apprentice tailor tries to take the measure of his enigmatic boss. Iceland’s Kári Tulinius maps a complex triangle, and Stefan Bošković’s hapless writer is dumped twice in one evening. And we have a special section of new queer writing from Korea with fiction from Lee Jong San, Kim Hye-jin, and Kim Bong-gon and poetry by Lee Hyemi, introduced by Anton Hur.

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Book Reviews

“Keeping / the window open” Brings Together a Fascinating Trove of Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop’s Work

Reviewed by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue

From interview to collage, from poetry to prose, from the 1950s to the 2000s, this volume edited by Ben Lerner combines a generous compendium of the Waldrops' work as poets, translators and publishers with a selection of essays and interviews in which they meditate on their craft.

Selahattin Demirtas, Jailed in Turkey since 2016, Makes His Fiction Debut with “Dawn”

Reviewed by Rafia Zakaria

The Turkish writer of Kurdish descent has been jailed since 2016. The stories in Dawn can be read as a series of missives written by Demirtas from the inside, home to so many of the Turkey's best and brightest, dissenters who have refused to bow down to Erdogan’s demands.

Disagreeable, Memorable Characters People Duanwad Pimwana’s “Bright” and “Arid Dreams”

Reviewed by Benjamin Woodard

A novel first published in Thailand in 2003 and a collection of short-stories stretching back to the mid-1990s, both now available in English for the first time, show a confident writer at the top of her game, with a distinctive skill to conjure unique personalities on the page.

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