Editor’s Note: In October of 2017, Naira died of lung cancer at the age of 29. When her family approached us earlier this year about the possibility of publishing some of her work posthumously, we were moved by the uncomplicated authority of her voice. The following essay confronts the topics of identity, culture, and ownership...
Naira was born in Armenia and raised in the Los Angeles enclave of Little Armenia. Her fiction can be found in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015, West Branch, Ninth Letter, Blackbird, Carve, Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has appeared in Ecotone, The Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Guernica, among others.
Enrica ‘Eren’ Angiolini was born in Rome in 1988. Raised in a family rich with creativity, she developed a deep love for art—illustration and photography, in particular. She studied foreign languages in high school and college, gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language and Culture. Throughout her entire life, she never put aside her passion for drawing. She worked as an illustrator and cover artist until she started a career as a comic colorist in 2015. She is now working on her first full series for Titan Comics.