A semi-fictional short story about a suicidal college student coming to terms with his sexuality and the devastating origin of his two first names
Christopher-James Llego was born in Marikina City, Philippines and moved to Brooklyn, NY at the age of four. He is currently a fourth-year student at Cornell University, where he studies Comparative Literature and Gender Studies. His short stories are fictional expansions of his day-to-day observations (ranging from seeing urine-stained toilet bowl seats to witnessing elementary school bullying). He is currently working on a novel about a gay pothead coping with the death of his mother and parsing through the monotony of his college years. On campus, Christopher-James works with Auburn Correctional Facility throughWriter’s Bloc Magazine, where he edits prose and poetry written by incarcerated men. Additionally, he is the editor-in-chief of RICE Magazine, a student-run publication showcasing the voices of the Asian and Asian-American diaspora. During vacations, he runs The Dear Queer Cousin Project, where he works with Cornell’s LGBTQ+ organizations to publish letters, poems, and short stories about/for queer lives. He currently lives in Ithaca, NY, where he enjoys writing while sipping on overpriced cappuccinos with too much foam and not nearly enough espresso.