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Lambda Literary, 2020. Edited by Tahirah Alexander Green
This anthology is a collection of literary work from the 2019 Lambda Literary Fellows in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Genre Fiction and Playwriting. The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to be mentored by the very best writers in our community, to develop one's craft, make connections with publishing industry professionals and build a strong community of peers. Over 50 writers are included.
This anthology includes an excerpt from my YA contemporary ghost story, SHANG ON THE PATH (work in progress). Content notes for Islamophobia, racial slurs, anxiety, and public trauma.
University of Chicago Press, 2019. Edited by Leila Sales
The University of Chicago’s annual Scavenger Hunt (or “Scav”) is one of the most storied college traditions in America. Every year, teams of hundreds of competitors scramble over four days to complete roughly 350 challenges. The tasks range from moments of silliness to 1,000-mile road trips, and they call on participants to fully embrace the absurd. For students it is a rite of passage, and for the surrounding community it is a chance to glimpse the lighter side of a notoriously serious university.
We Made Uranium! shares the stories behind Scav, told by participants and judges from the hunt’s more than thirty-year history. The twenty-three essays range from the shockingly successful (a genuine, if minuscule, nuclear reaction created in a dorm room) to the endearing failures (it’s hard to build a carwash for a train), and all the chicken hypnotisms and permanent tattoos in between. Taken together, they show how a scavenger hunt once meant for blowing off steam before finals has grown into one of the most outrageous annual traditions at any university. The tales told here are absurd, uplifting, hilarious, and thought-provoking—and they are all one hundred percent true.
This anthology includes my piece, "Item 229, 2013: The Final Feast." Content notes for disordered eating, depression, mentions of suicidal ideations, and emotional abuse.
© 2022, Naseem Jamnia
Photos of Naseem by Jennie Kaplan, 2018, and Jeramie Lu, 2022