Arya Roshanian

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Arya Roshanian (he/him/his) is an Iranian American writer based in Brooklyn. His fiction appears in Jellyfish Review, and his reporting, essays, and criticism are published in BOMB, Variety, Guernica, Vox, Catapult, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of University of Southern California, where he was an editor at the Daily Trojan. He is currently Senior Fiction Co-Editor at Action, Spectacle.


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