Sister Spit 2015 Portland
April 11, 2015 at IPC
1001 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
doors at 6, show at 7pm
What is Sister Spit?
Sister Spit was established in San Francisco in the early 1990's as a weekly all-female open mic series, co-founded by Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson. The duo launched the first Sister Spit national tour in 1997: 2 vans chock-full with cutting-edge dyke female writers and performers. Since its inception, Sister Spit has crossed the country many times and re-merged in 2007 as Sister Spit- Next Generation featuring established writers with young, emerging queer and queer-influenced artists of all genders.
KATE SCHATZ is a writer, editor, and educator. Her book of fiction, Rid of Me: A Story, was published in 2006 on Continuum Press as part of the acclaimed 33 series. Her writing has been published in Oxford American, Denver Quarterly, Joyland, and West Branch, among others, and her short story "Folsom, Survivor" was included as a 2010 Notable Short Story in Best American Short Stories 2011. She is a co-founder and editor of The Encyclopedia Project. She is the Chair of the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts, where she teaches fiction, poetry, and journalism to 9th-12th graders. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, and a double BA in Women's Studies/Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Alameda, CA, with her husband Jason, 5 year old daughter Ivy Cat, 1 year-old son Benson Bowie, Buzz the old dog and Henry the middle-aged cat. Her first book, Rad American Women A-Z, with Miriam Klein Stahl, is forthcoming on Lil Sister Spit / City Lights. Like all children's A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabetbut instead of "A is for Apple" or Alligator, A is for Angelaas in Angela Davis, the iconic Black Panther.
MIRIAM KLEIN STAHL is a visual artist and co- founder / lead teacher of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School and is an Arts Commissioner in the City of Berkeley. Stahl's work in the studio incorporates drawing and traditional printmaking as well as public and social practice installations.
MYRIAM GURBA is the author of Dahlia Season (Manic d Press), a novella and short story collection that won the Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. She is the author of the poetry collection Wish You Were Me (Future Tense Press) as well as several self-published 'zines and chapbooks. Gurba worked as an editorial assistant for the defunct lesbian periodical On Our Backs, and has toured North America with Sister Spit. In 2014 she won RADAR Productions' Eli Coppola Memorial Chapbook Contest, an annual poetry contest that produced a letterpress printing of her winning manuscript, Sweatsuits of the Damned.
MICA SIGOURNEY created drag persona VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! and has performed at the deYoung, the New Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Sigourney produces the WORK MORE! series, a twice a year drag production featuring nightlife performers presented in a "real" theater context, where their processes are exposed, and their boundaries pushed. He is the creator of the long-running weekly drag arts event SomeTHING. As a writer his work has been featured as part of the Radar Reading series alongside San Francisco's Poet Laureate. Mica is a founding member of the performance trio Nicole Kidman is Fucking Gorgeous, which recently performed at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum.
TOM CHO is an artist with over 70 fiction pieces published in journals and anthologies. His collection of fictions, Look Who's Morphing, was originally published in Australia to acclaim. It was shortlisted for various awards, including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. In 2014, it was released by Arsenal Pulp Press for North America and Europe. Tom has performed his work on the stages of many festivals, from Singapore Writers Festival to Sydney Mardi Gras. He has a PhD in Professional Writing and is currently writing a novel about the meaning of life. His website is
at www. Tomcho.com
Hosted by VIRGIE TOVAR a hot fat Latina femme, writer and activist. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). She holds a Master's degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching "Female Sexuality" at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host "The Virgie Show" (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is certified as a sex educator and was voted Best Sex Writer by the Bay Area Guardian in 2008 for her first book. Virgie and her work have been featured by Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo! Front page, MTV, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bust Magazine, and Huffington Post Live. She lives in San Francisco. Virgie has toured North America with Sister Spit: The Next Generation. Find her online at www.virgietovar.com.
Special Guests Cooper Lee Bombardier and Ebin Lee!
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1001 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202