Cover Photo: On the left is a photograph of the writer Kristen Arnett, wearing sunglasses and sitting outside on a balcony in front of a laptop and holding a French bulldog. On the right is the writer Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, who has taken a photograph of herself standing up in a mirror in front of a writing desk.
Photographs courtesy of the authors

Kristen Arnett and Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya on Sharing a Writing Space

Neither of us has dated another writer—we both said we wouldn’t. Part of our hesitation had to do with very literal questions of how to share space.

Kristen Arnett is the author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) and the NYT bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction. She is a queer fiction and essay writer and she lives in Florida. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a lesbian writer of essays, fiction, and pop culture criticism. She is an upcoming fellow for Lambda Literary's Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Her work appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Cut, Vice, Autostraddle, and Catapult.