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Brown Neon (Paperback)

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As much an ode to the transformational beauty of the expansive Southwestern landscape that arts critic and educator Raquel Gutierrez calls home as it is to her/their own bright tapestry of intergenerational queer relationships, the essays in Brown Neon offer a deeply-felt constellation of varied encounters with topics ranging from butchness, the border, and the poetics of adobe brickmaking to Laura Aguilar’s lesbian bar portraiture, heartbreak, and durational performance art.

As Gutierrez works to do her/their 'part in creating a relational map — to make, see, and share the worlds we could actually belong to if we could sustain the intimacy,’ a glittering vision emerges of queerness that ‘becomes saturated with colors and sparkle that heighten the complicated gradations of self.’ Kate loves!

— Kate


A meditation on southwestern terrains, intergenerational queer dynamics, and surveilled brown artists that crosses physical and conceptual borders.

Part butch memoir, part ekphrastic travel diary, part queer family tree, Raquel Guti rrez's debut essay collection, Brown Neon, gleans insight from the sediment of land and relationships. For Guti rrez, terrain is essential to understanding that no story, no matter how personal, is separate from the space where it unfolds. Whether contemplating the value of adobe as both vernacular architecture and commodified art object, highlighting the feminist wounding and transphobic apparitions haunting the multigenerational lesbian social fabric, or recalling a failed romance, Guti rrez traverses complex questions of gender, class, identity, and citizenship with curiosity and nuance.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566896375
ISBN-10: 1566896371
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English
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