Arya Roshanian

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Arya Roshanian (he/him/his) is a queer, Iranian-American writer based in Brooklyn. His fiction appears in Jellyfish Review, and his reporting, essays, and criticism are published in Variety, Guernica, BOMB Magazine, Catapult, Opera News, and Opera Magazine. He is a graduate of University of Southern California, where he served as Lifestyle Editor at the Daily Trojan. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.


Cover Photo: A colorful illustration in blues, oranges, black, white, and brown of a young boy kicking a soccer ball while mid-leap in ballet shoes, as other little boys in soccer uniforms look on forebodingly.
Ballet Helped Me Reclaim My Identity as a Queer Iranian

Imagination could only take me so far. I was ready to dance—and this time my mom couldn’t say no.

Jul 20, 2020