Happy pub date to the Chicago Quarterly Review’s South Asian American Issue!

Volume 24, Winter 2017, The South Asian American Issue

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 “There was a time when the South Asian writer treaded the linguistic register rather carefully. Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children shook things up and made many of us his children. Not anymore! The new South Asian American writer is a wild beast.”—from the Introduction by guest editor Moazzam Sheikh

Featuring Vidhu Aggarwal, Kazim Ali, Meher Ali, Neelanjana Banerjee, Nadia Chaney, Sayantani Dasgupta, Tara Dorabji, Ali Eteraz, Saadia Faruqi, Mala Gaonkar, Madhushree Ghosh, Ro Gunetilleke, S. Afzal Haider, Syed Ishaq Haider, Minal Hajratwala, Soniah Kamal, Kirun Kapur, Maya Khosla, Swati Khurana, Waqas Khwaja, Anu Kumar, Aditi Machado, Amit Majmudar, Shikha Malaviya, Zafar Malik, Vikas Menon, Faisal Mohyuddin, Dipika Mukherjee, Somnath Mukherji, Naomi Munaweera, Shabnam Nadiya, Shivani Narang, Ifti Nasim, Sophia Naz, Toni Nealie, Mahmud Rahman, Reema Rajbanshi, Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, Chaitali Sen, Moazzam Sheikh, Ravibala Shenoy, Ranbir Singh Sidhu, Pireeni Sundaralingam, Sadia Uqaili, Sachin Waikar, Tanu Mehrotra Wakefield.

“This rich issue of Chicago Quarterly Review is the perfect antidote for the cultural ignorance of those who demonize immigrants and fear the inevitable browning of America. In these memorable stories, essays, poems, and photos, we see past differences of culture, country, and religion straight into the heart of South Asian Americans, realizing that it is our own heart, one that powerfully reminds us of our shared humanity.” –Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage and The Way of the Writer

“In a time of mounting distrust of foreign cultures and unprecedented attacks against immigrants, this sweeping collection of writing by a new wave of South Asian writers is an antidote that both transports and illuminates. The irrepressible voices within rage against widely diverse assumptions and stereotypes and yet unite to remind us of the universality of the human condition.” —Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu

Cover illustration and design by Laura Williams

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Manil Suri on the upcoming South Asian American Issue

“In a time of mounting distrust of foreign cultures and unprecedented attacks against immigrants, this sweeping collection of writing by a new wave of South Asian writers is an antidote that both transports and illuminates. The irrepressible voices within rage against widely diverse assumptions and stereotypes and yet unite to remind us of the universality of the human condition.” –Manil Suri

Coming soon: The South Asian American Issue

“There was a time when the South Asian writer treaded the linguistic register rather carefully. Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children shook things up and made many of us his children. Not anymore! The new South Asian American writer is a wild beast.”

–from the Introduction by Guest Editor Moazzam Sheikh

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CQR #23, Fall 2016

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Volume 23, Fall 2016

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Contributors include: Robin Barber, Andrew W.M. Beierle, J. A. Bernstein, Lisa Bloomfield, J. Scott Brownlee, Claudia Buckholts, Lucas Carpenter, Dounia Choukri, Emily Culliton, Patricia Engel, Robin Estrin, Katharine Haake, Stanley Horowitz, Michael Hutchison, Greg Jenkins, Charles Johnson, Laura Jok, David Kear, Robert Kerwin, Jen Knox, Chuck Kramer, Shane Lake, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lee, Joan Li, Margit Liesche, Joseph Millar, Rod Val Moore, Eireene Nealand, W.P. Osborn, Cassandra Passarelli, Harry Mark Petrakis, Sofi Stambo, Jim Swierzynski, Jake Tuck, and Ian Randall Wilson.

CQR #22 is here

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Our spring issue is out, featuring terrific work by:

MICHAEL ALENYIKOV • GREG ALLENDORF • JENNIFER BANNAN • F. DOUGLAS BROWN• CRAIG BUCHNER • KEVIN CALLAWAY • GEORGE CHOUNDAS • THOMAS COOK • GEFFREY DAVIS • WILLER DE OLIVEIRA • TOBY DONOVAN • IRIS JAMAHL DUNKLE • CAROL EDELSTEIN • KYLE ELLINGSON • PANIO GIANOPOULOS • SHARON GOLDBERG • YEN HA • JARED HAREL • LAURA HEFFINGTON • RAGE HEZEKIAH • LOWELL JAEGER • TIM KEPPEL • MARIANNE KUNKEL • LAURA LEGGE • CHRISTINE LEHNER • GOTHAM MAMIK • TAYLOR MAZER • JOHN MILAS • ERICA MOSLEY • JAN NAKAO • YOUMI PARK • GLEN POURCIAU • C.R. RESETARITS • SARA SCHAFF • SUSAN SENSEMANN • CRAIG SHAW • ELEANOR SPIESS-FERRIS • JASON TANDON • RONALD TOBIAS • QIANYUE XU

Pushcart Prize Special Mention for Willer de Oliveira and CQR #18

Congratulations to Willer de Oliveira, for receiving a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize 2016 for his terrific story “The Urologist” which appeared in CQR #18!

How it begins:

“My first encounter with Ralph happened when he was still a professor of German language and literature at Virginia Tech. On the very first day of classes, Ralph’s eccentricity surfaced when he surprised his students with strange music on a tape recorder. When he asked the class to identify the language and the singer, the confused students could not recognize the lyrics, not to mention the singer, except me. It was an old recording of Carmen Miranda, and the language was Portuguese. Naturally, I had the advantage over the other students because I was Brazilian, and Carmen Miranda was still considered an icon in my country…”

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CQR editor Syed Haider reads in San Francisco

Chicago Quarterly Review editor Syed Haider was one of four writers to read from their work at the Book Club of California in San Francisco on November 9, 2015. Haider and authors Christian Kiefer, Robert Kerwin, and Jack Shoemaker read from work published in Catamaran Literary Reader (CLR), a Santa Cruz-based literary and fine arts quarterly that explores West Coast themes by writers and artists from everywhere. Joining Haider at the event was CQR editor Elizabeth McKenzie, who is also a CLR editor. Haider read “Life of Ganesh,” an excerpt from his forthcoming novel of the same title.

 

CQR editor Syed Haider reads at the Book Club of California. He was joined by CQR editor Elizabeth McKenzie.
CQR editor Syed Haider reads at the Book Club of California. He was joined by CQR editor Elizabeth McKenzie.

 

Chicago Quarterly Review receives 4 commendations in Best American Essays 2015!

 

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We’re very excited to announce that four essays published in the Chicago Quarterly Review in 2014 have been named Notable Essays of the Year in The Best American Essays 2015! Congratulations to our contributors:

Marcia Cavell for “Waiting” –Issue #17

Paul Skenazy for “The World Left Behind” –Issue #17

Harmony Button for “Dear Spider(s) –Issue #18

Michael Milburn for “Home Grown” –Issue #18 !!!