Arya Roshanian

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Arya Roshanian (he/him/his) is an Iranian American writer based in Brooklyn. He is Senior Fiction Co-Editor at Action, Spectacle, and a Culture Writer for Bustle. His other reporting, essays, and criticism are published regularly in BOMB, Variety, Guernica, Vox, The Rumpus, Catapult, and elsewhere. His fiction has been nominated for the XLVI Pushcart Prize, and has received support from Tin House Summer Workshops and the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers. A graduate of University of Southern California, Arya is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at Columbia University.


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