“Sun Alien” by Ami J. Sanghvi

A distorted green person sits splayed in a void of green, red, and purple blotches. They wear a red crop top and black jeans, vaguely frowning at their sneakers.

Ami J. Sanghvi (He/they)
Ami J. Sanghvi is a nonbinary Indian-American queer author, artist, designer, boxer, Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist, and recent graduate from the California Institute of the Arts Creative Writing MFA program. He is a photographer for AsianZine, poetry editor for Wrongdoing Magazine, fiction editor for Decolonial Passage, and the co-founder and co-editor of Gutslut Press. His work has recently appeared in So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Inverted Syntax, Humana Obscura, I Hope You’ll Still Love Me: A South Asian LGBTQIA+ Anthology, Masalazine, and several other publications and exhibitions. Five of his poems are forthcoming in LUPERCALIApress’s VULCANALIA ’21 anthology, for which he will also be a featured author. His chapbook, [in]transpiring, will be published by Gutslut Press this September.

Currently, he is living in Los Angeles with a focus on autonomy, extraction, space, time, functionality, minimalism, and the subliminal in his writing and visual art practices alike. Sanghvi is also querying his MFA thesis manuscript, developing an existentially compromised world for his Sad, Lonely Alien through various methods, collaborating on a hybrid experimental collection titled 99: Pink Light Suicide, and deconstructing the literary criticism of J.R.R. Tolkien in order to develop a deeply South Asian, Sanskrit-Gothic Science of Wraiths. On the side, he is preparing to re-immerse himself in the Elder Scrolls Online and befriend cute desert lizards who may or may not actually be aliens.