As part of of our calendar celebrating national heritage months and observances, explore these selected works that speak to the month of Pride.
- “Dive” by Jennifer Perrine discusses the hidden spaces that queer people used to have to occupy and the joys/challenges of saying goodbye to such places.
- “Silence of The Lambs: A Starling Is Born” by Reilly D. Cox, from Issue 19, is a poem of birth and becoming, beauty and violence.
- “Choosing a Transitional Object” (Issue 18) by Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is a short but powerful poem about childhood crushes as a queer woman and the struggles of coming out to oneself.
- Alison Prine’s poem “Loss and Its Antonym” (Issue 14) reflects on cherished memories of queer community.
- “We Two Women Can Father A Child” (Issue 15) by Linda Ashok brings to life tender moments of a relationship between two women thinking about parenthood.
- “Twenty Minutes at the Clam Shack” (Issue 13) by Cassie Pruyn captures visceral feelings of young lust and love.
- In “Home” by Celeste Mohammed (Issue 21), two young women in Barbados navigate an increasingly complicated romantic and sexual relationship against a backdrop of family conflict and trauma.
- Lyuba Boys by Sophie Crocker follows a young trans man and his best friend as they go to Alaska to dive for mammoth bones. It is a commentary on young love, masculinity, and gender relations.
- Ben Shattuck’s Pushcart Prize-winning story “The History of Sound” (Issue 16) tells of the love between two young musicians in early twentieth century New England.
- In Emma Copley Eisenberg’s “Forty-Four Thousand Pounds” (Issue 15), a young Appalachian woman remembers a home—and a love—she left behind.
- In “Anguilla Rostrata: American Eel” Callum Angus writes the story of the last eel of the Rio Grande.
- In “Cadenza,” Isabel Meyers explores family history, the publishing industry, and bringing queer stories to the page.
- In “Fragments of Shame and Pride” Raed Rafei explores queerness and chronicles the recent history of the LGBTQIA+ movement in Lebanon through personal reflections.
- David Weinstein’s essay “Linnahall” recounts a day tour of Tallinn, Estonia that spurs reflections on loneliness and wandering.
Reading List: Pride Month