Literary Nonfiction. California Interest. Latino/Latina Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. There's really no literal translation of "Quiéreme;" it's in between "like me" and "love me" but, unlike in English, the verb does all the work—it's all in one word: a command packed with feeling; a want; a little ball full of longing. And that's basically what this book is: a little thing full of longing (and essays). In Spanglish. From loving imaginary people in Catholic school, to waiting for a lover's tears at the airport, to documenting post-breakup grief, Quiéreme is a call on all the lingering ghosts of loving.
Julián Delgado Lopera is the author of The New York Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical (Feminist Press, 2020), the Winner of the 2021 Ferro Grumley Award and a 2021 Lambda Literary award; a finalist of the 2020 Kirkus Prize in Fiction and the 2021 Aspen Literary Prize. Julián is also the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press, 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute, 2017) an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. Julián's received fellowships and residencies from Black Mountain Institute, Hedgebrook, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, Headlands Center for The Arts, Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Their work has appeared in Granta, Teen Vogue, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, The White Review, LALT, Four Way Review, Broadly, TimeOut Mag to name a few. They are the former executive director of RADAR Productions and one of the founders of Drag Queen Story Hour. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Julián currently resides in San Francisco.