The New Wei
The New Wei is a literary movement founded by Tejas Desai in 2012. We seek to foment a literary renaissance to make literature provocative, significant and dynamic again. No longer can we have great authors who push the envelope, whose work reflects their life philosophies and dynamic personalities, nor can we have new ideas; instead, most acclaimed narrative today panders to already defined bases rather than challenging and engaging readers with brutal truths and provocative thought, moving the boundaries of literature in the process. The result is a lifeless literary borefest—but we can change this.
The first step is to discover and promote independent narrative artists with something to say who have been overlooked or dismissed by the conventional book industry and literary establishment. Much of this exciting narrative, primarily produced by younger generations, is being disseminated in unconventional forms: self-publishing, blogging, and social media, among other mediums.
The next step is to inspire more younger authors to produce the same, and to transmit this movement to the traditional publishing industry, literary establishment and the public. The result will be a much more courageous, interesting, thought-provoking, uncensored fiction that stands up to the great classics of the past.
Some of the authors The New Wei recognizes are the speculative religious novelist Allan Avidano, prolific blogger Brienne Walsh, comic Midwestern novelist Lancelot Schaubert, grotesque feminist subversive Dylan Krieger, Buddhist poet Vijay R. Nathan, provocative gay author Brontez Purnell, literary terrorist Jay Sizemore, absurdist writer and filmmaker Kacper Jarecki, Indo-Guyanese queer pundit Rajiv Mohabir, and the late comic novelist Richard Livsey. These authors aren't necessarily associated with The New Wei, but they at least transmit a unique worldview within their respective literary forms.