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.
The Queer “I”: The Tenth Queer Issue
All the pieces are told in the first person, lending intimacy and immediacy to the events they describe.
It's not very clear to me if he was asking for help or wanting me to leave them alone.
The Lost Language of Crane Operators
Perhaps I’m not ready yet to plan out my entire future, but right now these are the arms I need around me.
Oh, Master Song, who would have guessed your heart was hard as steel?
So Long, Luise
This night sealed, consecrated, my future as a writer absolutely.
I had two choices: I could wrest back control of my life or I could die.
I guzzle the wine and ask him if he likes women now.
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.