Queer Literature’s Role in the Revolution

May 18, 2020

For Entertainment Weekly, David Canfield hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on the future of queer literature, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic, with authors Naoise Dolan, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Akwaeke Emezi, and Garth Greenwell. “The kids who need queer books still need them,” Emezi says. “They probably need them actually more than they did before. And so that I think gave me a little bit of permission to be like, ‘Okay, this is still important.’ I think in any revolution, I suppose everyone has a particular role. And I think there’s often a lot of guilt about not being more on the front lines, or being safe or all these different things. But I think as storytellers, one of the things that I try to keep in mind is, I can just find my pocket, and I can fight from that pocket, and do my job that I’m here to do.”

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is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).