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Windy City Queer
LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast
Edited by Kathie Bergquist

· Selection, Over the Rainbow Project, GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association

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

Kathie Bergquist teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago. She is coauthor of A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago, and her writing has appeared in such publications as Advocate, OUT, Girlfriends, and Diva as well as in several collections, including Best Lesbian Romance 2009 and Out in All Directions. She is a former editor of the Windy City Times Pride Literary Supplement and a former fellow at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging Writers Retreat.

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November 2011
LC: 2011011632 PS
168 pp. 6 x 9

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“The pieces offered here are paradoxically romantic, low-key, intense, happy, melancholy, and rapturously Midwestern. These descriptions are just a small sampling of the literary wonders that have been carefully, thoughtfully assembled.”
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