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With Lightness & Darkness
and other brief pieces
Diana Arterian



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​In the spirit of autotheory, With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces, a collection of hybrid essays, employs the self as subject to interrogate the speaker and her long-term partner’s individual identities and relationship, their points of privilege and endured subjugation, in the face of escalating Islamophobia in the U.S. and beyond. While dissecting different facets of oppression—public and private, obvious and obscure—these essays lean on outside sources and multiple voices to illuminate the intricacies of systemic violence.
 
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 94
 
“This space, with you, is rare. It’s precious. While it is not always easy, nor are we identical in our politics, you are open. You ask, What do you mean? And, elsewhere, your hands on me, How does this feel?
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
DIANA ARTERIAN is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press), the chapbook Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet). She is also a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a doctoral candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.


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Essay Press is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Contest judged by Carla Harryman: Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim Arnold and Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey, which will be published in Fall 2017.