LGBTQ writing from Chicago that features a compelling mix of poetry, memoir, fiction, and essays.
The contributions of the Midwest and, specifically, Chicago to LGBTQ literature have been invaluable yet largely uncelebrated over the last century. This anthology charts a map of queer Chicago and showcases its thriving urban arts community, which boasts a unique history, legacy, and sensibility deeply rooted in the urban Midwest. Here is a first-rate collection of queer voices from Chicago's literary landscape. Celebrated writers Edmund White, Achy Obejas, Sharon Bridgforth, Brian Bouldrey, E. Patrick Johnson, Carol Anshaw, David Trinidad, and Mark Zubro are joined by emerging voices from the queer literary scene. These pieces span all literary genres, from fiction and poetry to memoir and essays, and portray a full gamut of gay Chicago lives from the everyday to the quirky, from public spectacles to quiet intimacies, from family life to nightlife, from dating to marriage, from loving to mourning. The writing that comprises this volume, which seeks to claim a queer space on the literary continuum, is surprising, smart, hilarious, and heart wrenching. "I grew up in and I'm married to Los Angeles, I had a ten year long hot affair with my adopted home NYC, but I have to admit I really left my diasporic midwestern gay heart in Chicago Windy City Queer is a wonderful deepening of our national imagination about one of our greatest cities and regions."--Tim Miller, author of Body Blows and 1001 Beds