When Language Broke Open
An Anthology of Queer and Trans Black Writers of Latin American Descent
By exploring themes of memory, care, and futurity, these contributions expand understandings of Blackness in Latin America, the Caribbean, and their U.S.-based diasporas. The volume offers up three central questions: How do queer and/or trans Black writers of Latin American descent address memory? What are the textures of caring, being cared for, and accepting care as Black queer and/or trans people of Latin American descent? And how do queer and trans embodiments help us understand and/or question the past and the present, and construct a Black, queer, and trans future?
The works collected in this anthology encompass a multitude of genres—including poetry, autobiography, short stories, diaries, visual art, and a graphic memoir—and feature the voices of established writers alongside emerging voices. Together, the contributors challenge everything we think we know about gender, sexuality, race, and what it means to experience a livable life.
“This anthology is a beautiful and powerful collection that brings readers into the textures, scents, and feels of Black queer and trans Latinx Americas across multiple geographies. The writers herein capture the tension, disappointment, and displacement of queer diasporas, while at the same time guiding us into how we hold spaces of care and reconciliation. The work’s beauty is that it is relatable, intersectional, and an homage to ancestral lineages and divine knowledges.”—Omaris Z. Zamora, Rutgers University
“The contributors to this anthology span Latin American and Caribbean countries and territories and their diasporas—Brazil to Borikén, Liberia to Hispanic USA. Their essays interrogate conformist binaries (out vs. closet, nostalgic past vs. survived present, homeland vs. diaspora) and rebels against the confinements of ethnicities, genders, and nationalities.”—Sam Dapanas, Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide