Some Italian Canadians remain hesitant to openly identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Here & Now: An Anthology of Queer Italian-Canadian Writing takes on subjects that are not traditionally discussed in Italian-Canadian circles, where being queer may still be taboo. Here & Now features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other works by prize-winning writers as well as emerging authors. The writings in this anthology take readers on a journey that interweaves private and public spaces, eliciting love and anger, sadness and joy.
The volume includes a three-part introduction by scholars Domenico A. Beneventi, Michela Baldo and Paolo Frascà. The literary artists featured in Here & Now include Amber Dawn, Elena Basile, Tina Biello, Anthony Bonato, Anna Camilleri, Frank Canino, Jessica Carpinone, Rachele Clemente, Paul Coccia, Liana Cusmano, Luis De Filippis, Anthony DeFoe, Vanessa Di Gregorio, Christopher DiRaddo, Nikki Donadio, Matthew Fox, Paolo Frascà, Phoebe Fregoli, Steve Galluccio, Alessandro Giardino, Elio Iannacci, Erica Lenti, Ariana Magliocco, Violet Mayhew, Steff(ania) Juniper Mendolia, Monica Meneghetti, Anna Nobile, Anthony Portulese, Jeremy R. Saunders, Luca Cara Seccafien, Jonathan Settembri, C.J. Volpe, Daniel Zomparelli and allies Michelle Alfano, John Calabro, Gianna Patriarca.
Here & Now: An Anthology of Queer Italian-Canadian Writing is an essential addition to Italian-Canadian culture; it contributes a more complete account of today’s reality and raises thought-provoking questions. This groundbreaking volume is the most comprehensive collection of queer Italian-Canadian writing yet, and a milestone in Italian-Canadian studies and Canadian literature.