Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing by Lázaro LimaAmbientes: New Queer Latino Writing by Lázaro Lima

Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing

EditorLázaro Lima, Felice Picano

Paperback | June 27, 2011

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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
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...
Title:Ambientes: New Queer Latino WritingFormat: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



    Felice Picano



Introduction: Genealogies of Queer Latino Writing

    Lázaro Lima


    Achy Obejas

Pandora's Box

    Arturo Arias


    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


    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


Editorial Reviews

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