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A. J. Bermudez

A. J. Bermudez is the author of Stories No One Hopes Are About Them, winner of the 2022 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She’s a recipient of the Page Award, the Diverse Voices Award, and the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize. Her writing has received support from the Banff Centre, the Bethany Arts Community, and the Nawat Fes Residency in Morocco, and she currently serves as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Fiction at Boston University. 



The Real India

Fall 2022 | Fiction

The centerpiece of Lark’s studio is the Cunt Bodhisattva, an eight-foot architectural marvel of sedimentary vermiculite clay, sustainably retrieved from someplace in South Africa, molded in the shape of a woman bent backward in an Ūrdhvadhanurāsana pose, feet planted, legs spread, and vagina on display, stomach arching toward buoyantly upside-down tits and a neutral, choiceless face, palms firm on the ground astride a thicket of load-bearing hair.