K-Ming Chang

It's not that we have to be light to fly, he said, it's just that we need what carries us to weigh more. I pretend this is the reason for his leaving: that in his sleep, a rain arrived to feather his skin, and his water- woven wings outweighed his body. It's not that he shrank, it's that his wings grew heavy as sons. The sky called him kin.

About the Author

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story collection, Gods of Want, is forthcoming from One World in July 2022.