Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing

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Lázaro Lima, Felice Picano
Univ of Wisconsin Press, Jun 27, 2011 - Fiction - 206 pages
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As the U.S. Latino population grows rapidly, and as the LGBTQ Latino community becomes more visible and a more crucial part of our literary and artistic heritage, there is an increasing demand for literature that successfully highlights these diverse lives. Edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano, Ambientes is a revolutionary collection of fiction featuring stories by established authors as well as emerging voices that present a collective portrait of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience in America today. With a preface by Picano and an introduction by Lima that sets the stage for understanding Latino literary and cultural history, this is the first anthology to cross cultural and regional borders by offering a wide variety of urban, rural, East Coast, West Coast, and midwestern perspectives on Latina and Latino queers from different walks of life. Stories range from sensual pieces to comical romances and from inner-city dramas fueled by street language to portraits of gay domesticity, making this a much-needed collection for many different kinds of readers. The stories in this collection reflect a vibrant and creative community and redefine received notions of “gay” and “lesbian.”


Finalist, Over the Rainbow selection, American Library Association

Finalist, LGBT Anthology, Lambda Literary Awards

Best Special Interest Books, selected by the American Association of School Librarians

Best Special Interest Books, selected by the Public Library Reviewers
 

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Contents

Genealogies of Queer Latino Writing
3
Kimberle
14
Pandoras Box
27
Shorty
45
Puti and the Gay Bandits of Hunts Point
57
Porcupine Love
75
The Unequivocal Moon
84
Dear Rodney
89
Malverde
126
Aquí viene Johnny
137
Haunting José
144
Imitation of Selena
152
Magnetic Island Sueńo Crónica
159
I Leave Tomorrow I Come Back Yesterday
165
Six Days in St Paul
178
Arturo Who Likes to Shave His Legs in the Snow
196

This Desire for Queer Survival
96
La Fiesta de Los Linares
112
Contributors
201
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About the author (2011)

Lázaro Lima is the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts and professor of Latin American and Iberian Studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond. He is author of The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory. Felice Picanois an accomplished author, editor, publisher, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright, and is one of the founders of the Violet Quill.

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