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ISBN: 978-0-9981348-4-0
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Publication Date: March 2017


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Quiéreme was originally published by Nomadic.

There’s really no literal translation of “Quiéreme;” it’s in between “like me” and “love me” but, unlike in English, the verb does all the work—it’s all in one word: a command packed with feeling; a want; a little ball full of longing. And that’s basically what this book is: a little thing full of longing (and essays). In Spanglish. From loving imaginary people in Catholic school, to waiting for a lover’s tears at the airport, to documenting post-breakup grief, Quiéreme is a call on all the lingering ghosts of loving.


Juliana’s writing is characterized by a fearless hybridity that I have never seen before. She transposes herself onto the page as if it was her second skin. Her stories are written with an urgent viscerality that invites you-commands you-into an intimate relationship with her and her world.
Virgie Tovar, author, activist and editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (2012)

Thoughtful, thought provoking, poignant, fierce, unrelenting, unapologetic, and with no fucks left to give. This is how I would describe both the writer Juliana Delgado Lopera and her writing. They are a force of nature and a necessary presence in these trying times. They are everything that’s right about writing, literature, humanity and resistance. Consider yourself warned!
Truong Tran, author of four letter words (2008)

About the Author

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Julián Delgado Lopera

Julián Delgado Lopera is the author of The New York Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical (Feminist Press 2020), the Winner of the 2021 Ferro Grumley Award and a 2021 Lambda Literary award; a finalist of the 2020 Kirkus Prize in Fiction and the 2021 Aspen Literary Prize. Julián is also the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute 2017) an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. Julián's received fellowships and residencies from Black Mountain Institute, Hedgebrook, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, Headlands Center for The Arts, Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Their work has appeared in Granta, Teen Vogue, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, The White Review, LALT, Four Way Review, Broadly, TimeOut Mag to name a few. They are the former executive director of RADAR Productions and one of the founders of Drag Queen Story Hour. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Julián currently resides in San Francisco.

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