“A Sense of Spiritual Belonging”: A Review of Lamya H’s Hijab Butch Blues
These are the moments of intertextuality that make Hijab Butch Blues a truly remarkable rupture in the literary fold.
“Writing, I Can’t Waste Time”: Alejandro Varela & the Political Public Health Novel
In his debut novel "The Town of Babylon," Alejandro Varela tells the story of Andrés, a Latinx professor whose reluctant suburban homecoming rekindles old high-school friendships and past loves. As Andrés negotiates personal ties and the social frictions running through them, Varela weaves a discerning account on the interpersonal and political definitions of community. In an interview with Executive Editor Alexandra Watson, Varela discusses the inspirations behind the novel - his experiences growing up in a white-majority suburb, and how studying and working in public health illuminated his writing and understanding of the "American Dream."
Thoraya El-Rayyes in conversation with debut novelist Saleem Haddad
Saleem Haddad’s recently published debut novel, Guapa, is the story of a twenty-something-year-old gay man named Rasa living in an unidentified Arab country, trying to carve out a life for... Read More
The Deep, Gnarly, Ugly Kind of Truth: Against Comfortable Art
Issue 4 contributor Migueltzinta Cah Mai Solís Pino and writer Luke Dani Blue dialog on community censorship and the problem of “invulnerable writing”. MCS: So let’s go on... Read More
Spotlight on Issue 3: José Esteban Muñoz and Rebecca Sumner Burgos
I was wasting time online the other day, thinking about writing this essay on what the legacy of José Esteban Muñoz means to me- a person who never knew him,... Read More