NEOTENICA by Joon Oluchi Lee
127 x 178mm, 106 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound, 2020
Neotenica is a novel of encounters: casual sex, arranged-marriage dates, cops, rowdy teenagers, lawyers, a Sapphic flirtation, a rival, a child, and two important dogs. At the center of it are Young Ae, a Korean-born ballet dancer turned PhD student, and her husband, a Korean-American male who inhabits an interior femininity, neither transgender nor homosexual, but a strong, visceral femininity nonetheless. This novel is an adrenaline-filled ride sliding across the surface of desire and chance through the quotidian turned playful.
Joon Oluchi Lee lives and writes in femininity and feminism. The author of two works of fiction, 94 (Publication Studio, 2015) and Lace Sick Bag (Publication Studio, 2013), as well as various essays on queer theory, feminism, and fiction writing, Joon also blogged about life as a femme feminist gay male at lipstickeater.blogspot.com. Joon is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Creative Writing at Rhode Island School of Design, and with his partner Roderick, co-parent of their rescue dog Nella.