Fiction. African & African American Studies. Latinx Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Winner of the 2019 Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Contest. The stories in Alejandro Heredia's YOU'RE THE ONLY FRIEND I NEED offer new possibilities for transnational storytelling and the Dominican diaspora by centering Blackness and queerness. In these stories, friendship is a vehicle to understand what lies between and within people. A young Dominican immigrant makes an unlikely friend in her Bronx building. Two queer teens venture into the streets of Santo Domingo in search of queer belonging. A 20-something lost in existential thought finds a home in a gay Latin club. In Heredia's stories, friendship is at once balm, poison, wound, and respite from the troubles that society places on migrants, on queer people, on Black folks across the diaspora. YOU'RE THE ONLY FRIEND I NEED cuts through received notions and sings with emotional honesty and lyrical prose.
Alejandro Heredia is a queer Afro-Dominican writer and community organizer born in Santo Domingo and raised in The Bronx. He is a 2018 VONA/Voices fellow, and 2019 Dreamyard Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium Fellow. Myriam Gurba selected Alejandro's chapbook, YOU'RE THE ONLY FRIEND I NEED (Gold Line Press, 2021), as the winner of the 2019 Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Contest. Alejandro's work has been featured in Auburn Avenue Magazine, La Galeria Magazine, No Dear Magazine, and elsewhere.Author City: CLIFTON, NJ USA