Cover Art: Eugenia Loli
Cover & Interior Design: Alban Fischer
Paperback, 32 pages
April 2019, ISBN 978-1-936919-60-4
About Aidan Forster
Aidan Forster is a queer poet and essayist from Greenville, South Carolina. A 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, his work has been honored by the National YoungArts Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, and the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom, among others. His work has appeared in BOAAT, Columbia Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, and Tin House, among others, and he was a 2017 Tin House Scholar in Poetry. He reads poetry for Muzzle Magazine and works as a poetry mentor at New Urban Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities’ creative writing program, he currently studies Literary Arts and Public Health at Brown University. He was born in 2000.
Exit Pastoral by Aidan Forster
About Exit Pastoral
Exit Pastoral explores the conversation between the queer body and its landscape, turning to the milkweed fields and dune ridges and buzzing swamps of South Carolina as palimpsests of mis/identification. Exit Pastoral presents the queer South as a site of pastoral fabulation and charts the desiderata of a boy trying to fashion landscapes that love him back. The chapbook rests in the forgotten spaces of queer intimacy: parkways and bathroom stalls, swimming pools and orchards--the doubled geographies of abjection and desire.