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.
They looked different, like their bodies were made of silk and elastic. I wanted to be one of them.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theme and Variations
It was as if I, too, was in a dream—like those times I got high in my car and imagined myself up on stage, moving freely, as my true self.
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.
Enter your email address to receive notifications for author Arya Roshanian
Confirmation link sent to your email to add you to notification list for author Arya Roshanian