Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing

Paperback | June 27, 2011

EditorLázaro Lima, Felice Picano

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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

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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 collectio...

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, jo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:June 27, 2011Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299282244

ISBN - 13:9780299282240

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note: The Name of las Cosas



    Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano



Preface

       

    Felice Picano



Acknowledgments


       

Introduction: Genealogies of Queer Latino Writing

   
   
    Lázaro Lima




Kimberle


       
    Achy Obejas



Pandora's Box

   
   
    Arturo Arias



Shorty

   
   
    Daisy Hernández



Puti and the Gay Bandits of Hunts Point

   
   
    Charles Rice-González




Porcupine Love


       
    tatiana de la tierra



The Unequivocal Moon


       
    Elías Miguel Muñoz



Dear Rodney

   
   
    Emanuel Xavier



This Desire for Queer Survival


       
    Horacio N. Roque Ramírez



La Fiesta de Los Linares


       
    Janet Arelis Quezada



Malverde


       
    Myriam Gurba



Aquí viene Johnny

   
   
    Raquel Gutiérrez



Haunting José

   
   
    Rigoberto González



Imitation of Selena

   
   
    Ramón García



Currawong Crónica


       
    Susana Chávez-Silverman



I Leave Tomorrow, I Come Back Yesterday


       
    Uriel Quesada



Six Days in St. Paul


       
    Steven Cordova



Arturo, Who Likes to Shave His Legs in the Snow


   
    Lucy Marrero





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Ambientes is a timely contribution at this point in history during which demographic shifts are literally changing the face of America. The stories in Ambientes provide a significant model for GLBT Latinos in the U.S., giving them the tools to find their own voice by uncovering a community that has long been neglected and silenced.” —The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide