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'Guapa' by Saleem Haddad

Guapa by Saleem Haddad is the story of Rasa, a gay Muslim man. Told in real time during the span of a day, the book uses memory to tell Rasa’s story. The narrative offers insight into his childhood, American education, return home, career as a translator, and relationship with his secret lover, Taymor. The bulk… read more

'The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal' by E.K. Weaver

I started reading The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal back in 2009 when the stories were posted a page at a time as a serialized web-comic. The story was a slow build, growing for five years as I logged on every few days to read the latest pages. I’ve long been a… read more

'How the Boy Might See It' by Charlie Bondhus

Charlie Bondhus is haunted by the eponymous “boy.” The shadowy child reifies memory, allowing the poet to address and redress the past. However, the boy’s shape-shifting manifestations resist the poet’s grasp. The slippery presence allows him to straddle antitheses—the lyric with the narrative, the sacred with the erotic: “[A]nd then everyone / naked and kneeling… read more