Windy City Queer: Lgbtq Dispatches from the Third Coast (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
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.
“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
“I'm so into so many of the writers in this smart collection, and at the end of it have a whole new gang of funny-deep-weird-brainy authors to get obsessed with. So many ways to be queer plus so many ways to be a writer—all are indulged and investigated against the constant hum of Chicago and its singular midwestern urbanism.”—Michelle Tea, editor of Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing
“The seeming third wheel to the bi-coastal queer literary scenes of New York and San Francisco, Chicago comes out of this collection a true contender. The breadth of this collection is undoubtedly its biggest strength and we have Bergquist to thank. From the queer theoretical treatise on Chicago gentrification by Yasmin Nair to the gorgeous impressionistic poetry of Carina Gia Ferraro, this volume delivers top-notch pieces across the board.”—Lambda Literary
“Capturing a wide range of voices and experiences, Bergquist has assembled a collection that will make her town proud.”—Curve
“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.”—Bay Area Reporter
“LGBT stories are often described as having an ‘East Coast’ or ‘West Coast’ sensibility, but these stories have a distinctive flavor of their own.”—ECHO Magazine
“This anthology showcases Chicago’s thriving urban community.”—Our Lives Magazine