Madeleine Han & Irene Hsu

tiny tykes: burr edition [Madeleine Han & Irene Hsu]. Performed by ak hayakawa geshlider, jas lin, Aanchal Saraf, Jill J. Tan & Andy Tan-Delli Cicchi

The writers: Madeleine Han (she/her) is a writer and researcher. She co-facilitates a high school writing workshop with Irene Hsu in the Bay Area, where they both grew up. Irene Hsu (they) is a writer and researcher with one foot in South Bay and the other in Brooklyn.

The performers: ak hayakawa geshlider picks a burr out of a dog paw about once every three weeks. jas lin is a big baby in pursuit of feeling both freedom and safety. they are a performance artist and choreographer based on tongva land (los angeles) remembering fluid and feral ways of moving, being, sensing, and knowing. Aanchal Saraf is still a gulf coast gremlin despite a near decade on the east coast Jill J. Tan is a writer, artist, and anthropologist living and making things between Singapore and New Haven. Andy Tan-Delli Cicchi (he/him) is a writer and researcher currently based in Iowa City, Iowa.


Monique Todd is a writer and researcher. She works on Pleasure Principles, a multi-medium platform tracking formations of desire and connection through geographies. Currently, she is thinking with the funky/erotic/topological/relational through lines in work by L.H Stallings, Rinaldo Walcott, Asiya Wadud, JJJJJerome Ellis, Keller Easterling and Jennifer C. Nash.

Shiane D. Jacocks

More Than a Fractured Self: a Review of The Mirror Season [Shiane D. Jacocks]. Read by Monique Todd.

Shiane D. Jacocks (they/them) is a writer of most forms: poetry, prose, and nonfiction. They have received their MFA, with a minor in Gender & Sexuality. They are interested in work centered around queerness, trauma, healing, and activist work. They were the prose editor for Puerto del Sol and have been published in The Pacific ReviewThe FEMIE VoiceBlack Voice NewsSocial Justice zine v.4Brown Recluse DistroVentanas, Mentalrealness mag, and Bleeding Thunder (upcoming). They are currently working on zines, reviews, and a book about wolves and witches. You can follow them on Twitter  or Instagram.


Welcome to Fruit!

We’re very excited to share issue 3 with you. Putting it together has been a slow but enjoyable process; choosing the cover art was the final step. We decided on a local artist, Ryan French whose vivid depiction of a queer utopia complements the writing that appears in this issue. While recognising the limitations that queers face, the authors in issue 3 often strive to contemplate an alternative, better future. For example, Monique Todd calls for a world where Black people can rest in public spaces. Vivien Holmes dwells on (and in) the bath, where bodies take on new meanings. Niven Govinden discusses his book This Brutal House, which pushes for a world where queer Black and Brown bodies are valued as much as their white counterparts. Though the present situation is especially challenging, we hope that this latest issue of Fruit will encourage readers to contemplate a different kind of world post-Covid. And we hope it gives you pleasure.

The Editors

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd (he/him) is currently a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has published widely on contemporary US culture. Christopher’s poetry has appeared in Impossible Archetype, —algia, Visual Verse and elsewhere. He’s at work on a first novel and a queer bestiary. He tweets @clloyd9.

Felix del Campo

Felix del Campo is a Spanish writer currently living in London. His writing explores the confusing space of translation, living memory and being lost between languages.

Monique Todd

Monique Todd is a writer interested in togetherness/separateness, holes and gaps. She founded Pleasure Principles, an independent publishing platform tracking desire formations. Pleasure Principles has exhibited at Strange Perfume (South London Gallery, 2019), LESBIANNALE (ICA, 2019) and Mal Journal x Hard to Read: Class Acts (Mimosa House Gallery, 2019). Pleasure Principle’s debut release was Black Sex in the Archives (2019) — a foldout A3 zine map locating sites and projects in London that centred black desire, intimacy, sexual health and connection.

Vivien Holmes

Vivien Holmes is a new writer based in Manchester. Her published debut ‘CircuitJammer’ is forthcoming in Speculative Masculinities from Galli Books in early 2021, and her self-published work can be found here and here.

Yas Necati

Yas Necati is a writer and performance poet based in London. They explore themes of queer and trans identity, migrant identity, mental health, recovery, community and resistance in their writing. They are part of London Queer Writers, and recently set up writing groups for people of colour. When they are not immersed in poetry, they campaign on gender-based and queer based-rights, run workshops on self care, and occasionally perform as their drag act alter-ego, Turkish pop star Tarkan.

Ruth Horsfall

Ruth is a writer living in the UK, but grew up a settler on the unceded land of the Wiradjuri people. She has conventional interests such as reading and writing poetry, and Harry Styles.