Vivek Shraya


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God Loves Hair

An illustration of a pair of scissors with brightly-coloured handles descending into a flurry of black locks, with the text ‘GOD LOVES HAIR. Stories by Vivek Shraya. Artwork by Juliana Neufeld.’

Twenty-one short stories follow a tender and curious child who navigates complex realms of sexuality, gender, racial politics, religion and belonging.


A grainy blue-tinged photo of a person with short-cropped hair silhouetted against a lake, looking over her shoulder into the camera.

January 16, 2011: The darkness hasn’t fully passed. And that’s ok for now. I will write a song about it, all of it. Every pull, every ache, I will work it out through lyric and melody until there is light again. Music might save me.


A head-and-shoulders photo of a brown-skinned person in their early 20s with blonde hair, wearing a green tank top against a blue background; their head is tilted back and their eyes are in shadow. White text across the centreline of the photo reads, “Vivek Shraya. THROAT.”

Featuring additional production by John Wozniak of Marcy Playground.