Category Archives: Rad American Women A-Z

Joanne Kyger (1934-2017)

Yesterday we were shocked and saddened to receive news of the death of City Lights author and legendary Beat Generation/San Francisco Renaissance poet Joanne Kyger. Joanne’s death leaves a massive void in American poetry generally and in the Bay Area … Continue reading

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Rad Women read Rad American Women A-Z : Kelly Tunstall Reads “V Is for Virginia Apgar”

This week on Rad Women read Rad American Women A-Z: artist Kelly Tunstall came to our offices to read about Dr. Virginia Apgar, who created a way to assess the health of newborn children. Kelly talks about her experience with the … Continue reading

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Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z : Cosmic Amanda Reads “Q Is for ‘Queen Bessie’ Coleman”

Next up on Rad Women read Rad American Women A-Z is amazing local DJ Cosmic Amanda! In this video, Amanda reads the entry for “Queen Bessie” Coleman–she explains how Bessie overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to become a pilot by hard … Continue reading

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Rad Women read Rad American Women A-Z : Jane Ganahl Reads “N Is for Nellie Bly”

On this week’s episode of our Rad American Women A-Z video series: journalist, co-founder of San Francisco literary festival Litquake, and author Jane Ganahl reads about daring adventurer Nellie Bly. Jane explains how Nellie has inspired her both in her … Continue reading

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Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z : Ingrid Rojas Contreras Reads “D Is for Dolores Huerta”

This week on “Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z,” we welcomed writer Ingrid Rojas Contreras to our offices to read about Dolores Huerta. She spoke about her admiration of Dolores’ ability to help other female immigrants express themselves and deconstruct their own experiences. … Continue reading

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Celebrate Rad American Women for Women’s History Month This March

Here at City Lights we celebrate rad women year-round, but Women’s History Month in March gives us even more of an excuse to talk about the amazing female artists, writers, activists, athletes, scientists, and revolutionaries we admire. We have a … Continue reading

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Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z: Christy Chan reads “J Is for Jovita Idar”

Another week, another rad woman at City Lights–this time, we have filmmaker Christy Chan at the offices to talk about Jovita Idar and her struggle for equality and rights for workers and immigrants. Here, Christy speaks on staying true to yourself regardless … Continue reading

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Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z: Jessica Tully Reads “S Is for Sonia Sotomayor”

Activist and artist Jessica Tully came to City Lights this week to read about Sonia Sotomayor, one of her personal heroes. Jessica talks about being raised by feminist law professors and lawyers, throwing a party to celebrate when Sonia was … Continue reading

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Rad Women read Rad American Women A-Z: Carissa Potter & Heather Van Winkle Read “G Is for the Grimke Sisters”

After taking a break during the winter holidays, we’re back with more rad women reading Rad American Women A-Z! This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Heather Van Winkle and Carissa Potter, two amazing artists who run … Continue reading

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Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z : Helen Tseng Reads “T Is for Temple Grandin”

Graphic designer Helen Tseng is today’s guest for the Rad American Women A-Z Video Series and she is truly rad: check out her delightful illustrations here and tune in to the Astral Projection Radio Hour she co-hosts on BFF.fm for … Continue reading

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