This week on the “Rad Women read Rad American Women A-Z” video series: we filmed Anisse Gross reading an entry about one of her longtime idols, Patti Smith. Anisse speaks about what kept her pursuing her dream of becoming a writer despite criticism from others and surprised us by bringing in something from her first Patti Smith concert.
This is the fourth video in the new series from City Lights where we ask women we admire to read their favorite entry of our New York Times-bestselling children’s book, Rad American Women A-Z, and answer some questions about what it means to be a rad woman today. The book is authored by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl and published by City Lights/Sister Spit.
Anisse Gross is a writer and editor living in San Francisco where she is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work has been featured in TheNewYorker.com, Quartz, Lucky Peach, The Believer, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, The Brooklyn Quarterly, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.
Recently, Anisse wrote about City Lights Publishers’ 60th anniversary for Publishers Weekly. She also interviewed Thomas Page McBee for the The Rumpus last fall to discuss his memoir, Man Alive.