Prayers for My 17th Chromosome by Amir Rabiyah (Publishing Triangle Finalist)
Prayers for My 17th Chromosome
Publication Date: 11/14/2017
Finalist: The Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
“Amir Rabiyah is a magician who has tasted salt of the creation story’s sea. The cleaving of human to spirit found in Prayers for My 17th Chromosome is a blood tangle that will kiss your cells till you sweat / constellations. Rabiyah reminds their reader that to exist in between boxes of national belongings, migrations, queer kinships, and disability is not to swallow war. Rather, in these verses, complications find respite in one another, [becoming] the endless, / the source, / the horizon / awakening.” - Rajiv Mohabir, author of The Cowherd’s Son and The Taxidermist’s Cut
Amir Rabiyah is a two-spirit disabled queer femme poet and writing coach. They were born in London, England to a Cherokee and European mother and a Lebanese and Syrian father. Their work explores living life on the margins and at the intersections of multiple identities. Amir writes about living with chronic pain and illness, war, trauma, spirituality, redemption--and speaks on silenced places. Amir is the co-editor of Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices and has published in numerous anthologies and journals.