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June 2016

The Queer Issue VII

Image: Zanele Muholi, "Zinzi and Tozama II Mowbray, Cape Town," from the series Being, 2010. Gelatin Silver Print. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery.

This month we present the seventh installment of our annual Queer Issue. From the turbulence of adolescence to the resignation of middle age, in prison cells and open relationships, characters navigate queer desire and social constructs around the world. Jeon Sam-hye’s smitten space trainee moons over her superstar roommate. In São Paulo, Alexandre Vidal Porto’s straitlaced husband and father turns a cab into a confessional. Khadi Hane’s broken ex-convict remains captive to the past. Mu Cao’s runaway turned hustler finds sanctuary with an older man. In an excerpt from the first lesbian novel in Arabic, Lebanon’s Elham Mansour articulates a philosophy of love. Ronald M. Schernikau follows an infatuated teen on a school trip with his unwitting crush. And in two views of (and from) ménages à trois, Gabriela Wiener’s compulsive cheat finds it takes three to tango, and Lawrence Schimel’s serene polyamorist spreads the word and opens his arms. Our special feature showcases Latino-Canadian literature, introduced and translated by María José Giménez.

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Book Reviews

“Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets” edited by Karen Kovacik

Reviewed by Gordon Slater

A lively selection of Poland’s women poets writing before and after the fall of communism.

“Infidels”  by Abdellah Taïa

Reviewed by Gordon Slater

Dreams of unraveling love and belonging on the path to Jihad.

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The Past in the Present: Writing from Georgia

Crucible of Languages and Cultures: Writing from Macau

Turning the Kaleidoscope: Writing from Lebanon

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The World through the Eyes of Writers: Celebrating Fifteen Years

Several Worlds Simultaneously: Seeking Argentina

Charged with Humanity: Six Hungarian Women Writers

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