Sundays in Kerouac Alley: Sister Spit ~ Hosted by City Lights Editor Michelle Tea

This Sunday, the legendary literary, rambling roadshow Sister Spit takes over Jack Kerouac Alley for our special guest-curated series! Michelle Tea, the editor of the City Lights/Sister Spit series, hosts the afternoon’s event – with readings by Mariko Tamaki, Tamara Llosa-Sandor, Raquel Gutierrez, Brontez Purnell, Xandra Ibarra, Chana Wilson, DavEnd, Rhiannon Argo, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Carmella Fleming, and Sara Seinberg!!!

Sunday, July 28th 2013, 2-4 P.M.
Hosted by Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, a novel, a book of poetry and the young adult fantasy tale A Mermaid in Chelsea Creek (McSweeney’s). She has edited anthologies about class, fashion and literature, and is Editor of the Sister Spit series, a City Lights imprint. Michelle is founder and Executive Director of RADAR Productions, a literary non-profit that oversees the Sister Spit international performance tours, the monthly RADAR Reading Series, the annual Radar LAB Retreat, and other programs.

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.29.38 AMMariko Tamaki is the author of the novella, Cover Me, creative non-fiction collections True Lies and Fake ID, she is also the co-creator of comics Emiko Superstar (with Steve Rolston) and Skim (with Jillian Tamaki). Mariko’s most recent novel is the Young Adult work, (you) set me on fire, published by Razorbill/Penguin. Mariko has also performed stories (about blood, unicorns, and lying to swimming instructors) on CBC’s DNTO and as a fledgling stand up comedian/storyteller on stage. Mariko’s debut as a screenwriter/actor, Happy 16th Birthday Kevin, premiered at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto in May 2013.

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.33.51 AMTamara Llosa-Sandor is a native Californian who continually finds herself living on the east coast. In April 2007, she took a break from news reporting in Western Mass to travel with Sister Spit. Tamara currently lives in New York, pursuing an MFA in nonfiction at Columbia. She is working on a book about Fil-Am eccentricities and misguided identity quests, potentially titled As Filipino As Fruitcake.

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.35.40 AMRaquel Gutierrez was one of the co-founding members of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Raquel also co-founded other queer women of color projects and Latino projects, Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro Poetry project. Raquel has published work in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano), Los Angeles Weekly, Make/shift magazine, Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, and Izote Vos: Salvadoran American Literary and Visual Art (published by SF’s Pacific News Service).

Brontez Purnell is a Bay Area based writer, dancer, and musician. He’s been featured in the Out Magazine’s Hot List and the New York Times. He is the creator of the Post-Queer Core zine Fag School and is currently working on his first novella. Founder and creative head of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, which debuted its first body of dance work, Whenever I Get Off the Floor I’m A Total Fucking Hurricane, at Berkeley Art Museum, Purnell is currently wrapping up production on his first dance film titled Free Jazz. He has toured the US and Europe with his former band Gravy Train!!!! and his surrent musical project The Younger Lovers. He is currently studying Theatre and Contemporary Dance at Cal State East Bay.

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.43.47 AMXandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist, ecdysiast and community organizer from the El Paso/Juarez border that performs under the alias of La Chica Boom. La Chica Boom is a neo-burlesque project that Xandra began in 2002 to performatively question sexual/racial representation, queer formations, and compulsory whiteness.

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.46.01 AMChana Wilson‘s writing has appeared in the print journals The Sun and Sinister Wisdom, the online journal Roadwork, and in several anthologies. Since the publication of Riding Fury Home, Wilson has become a blogger on the Huffington Post. Her essays have been Editor’s Choice on Since the mid-eighties, Wilson has been playing percussion with the women’s samba band Sistah Boom. She resides with her wife in Oakland, California.

DavEnd is a tender-hearted, genderqueer, costume designing, accordion-wielding songwriter, performing artist and designer based in San Francisco. DavEnd has released two studio albums, How To Hold Your Own Hand and Fruits Commonly Mistaken For Vegetables and for the past 6 years, has been performing at queer teen centers, festivals, colleges, theaters and backyards across the U.S.! Between tours, DavEnd designs costumes, danced in production numbers for songwriter Kimya Dawson, and appeared in Taylor Mac’s epic 5 hour play, The Lily’s Revenge. DavEnd’s current project, “Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical!”, brings together the worlds of music and radical performance art in a theatrical extravaganza, exploring the effects of hetero-sexism and street harassment on the development of queer identity.

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.49.07 AMRhiannon Argo is the author of the Lambda award–winning novel, The Creamsickle and the forthcoming Girls I’ve Run Away With. She has toured her work widely with the Sister Spit Literary Performance Tours. She is currently at work on both a sequel to Girls I’ve Run Away With and her first memoir.

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.52.23 AMJuliana Delgado Lopera: Colombian writer/teacher/oral historian/dyke+queen activist residing in San Francisco better known for her array of secret love affairs with right wing women ranging from conservative enthusiast Sarah Palin to second wave feminist Ann Romney and, more recently, engaged to one of Michelle Bachman’s infinite collection of foster girls. Raised in Bogotá her stories have been performed at Action Fiction! And published in Forum, Revista Canto, La Revista. Juliana is currently working on an oral history project with Queer [email protected] Immigrants in San Francisco part of which is being published by SFWeekly. She’s the Fiction Editor for Fourteen Hills and runs a Queer! Spanglish! zine with her partner called Plastic Panties. She holds a B.A in Gender and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley and is currently an MFA Candidate in Fiction at SFSU.

Carmella Fleming is a poet residing in Berkeley. She is the author of numerous chapbooks, and her work appears in Faggot Dinosaur, Milvia Street, and the forthcoming Vincent Van Gogh Gogh. She co-hosts the reading series, Lets Be Loose and Relaxed. Her work deals with matters of mental illness, Gertrude Stein, and her laid back lesbian lifestyle.

Sara Seinberg is a writer and photographer living and working in San Francisco. She is getting ready to pack up everything with her family and move to the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. She loves City Lights and Sister Spit.


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