SISTER SPIT 2014
Sunday, March 30, Doors 7pm
Since it’s maiden voyage in 1997, Sister Spit has been taking vanloads of cutting-edge, razor-sharp writers, poets and performance artists into the wilds of North America, bringing a radical vision of queerness, feminism and daily life into small towns and big cities, staging shows at Universities, coffee shops, art galleries and culture spaces. Always bringing a mixture of award-winners and best-sellers with up-and-comers, a Sister Spit show is like nothing else, an inspiring glimpse into other ways of living, thinking and being, infused with humor, darkness and camp.
SISTER SPIT is setting off on their 2014 spring fling, spreading queer and feminist literature and performance all across North America! The tradition of taking a vanload of edgy, intellectual provocateurs on the road, begun in 1997, continues with a lineup featuring brand new voices, audience favorites and the latest publications from Sister Spit Books, an imprint of iconic City Lights Books. The 2014 tour will be hosted by Beth Lisick, whose new book, Yokohama Threeway: A Collection of Small Shames, is hot off Sister Spit Books. Yokohama Threeway gathers Lisick’s most hilarious and humiliating moments into a series of vignettes that will leave the audience cringing and cracking up; slam poet and award-winning playwright Chinaka Hodge, whose explorations of race, class and girl-hood will electrify and clobber; powerhouse fat activist Virgie Tovar, one of the U.S’s leading experts on body discrimination and a lecturer who uses wild humor, raunchy storytelling and inspired performance to educate; award-winning playwright and poet Lenelle Moise, whose debut collection, Haiti Glass, is fresh off the Sister Spit Books press. Using both poetry and prose, Moise weaves together stories of immigration, blackness and femaleness in our culture, as quick to make you laugh as she is to devastate. Sister Spit favorite Rhiannon Argo returns to read from her brand new young adult novel, Girls I’ve Run Away With, the story of teenaged, skateboarding lezzies finding themselves and each other in a hostile suburbia. Girls I’ve Run Away With is published on Argo’s new, queer publishing project, Moonshine Press.
Road snacks and beach goths, hip hop and Catholic school, fat fashion and Michael Jackson. Afghan soldiers gone rogue. Vincent Van Gough. Girls with hips. New age drug damage. Race, and class, and poetry. All coming your way on Sister Spit 2014.
The legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, will hit your town with a pack of multimedia, queer-centric brilliance, a must-see multimedia explosion of taste-makers, novelists, luminaries, playwrights, performance artists, poets and drag queens.
2014 Performer Bios:
Rhiannon Argo is a writer and schooled librarian. She is the author of two works of literary fiction: the Lambda award–winning novel, The Creamsickle, and the YA-ish novel, Girls I’ve Run Away With. Her stories and novels have inspired both short films and German translations. Argo has performed her work in gazillions of bars, colleges, feminist squats, bookstores, and libraries. She has criss-crossed North America and Europe with Sister Spit enough times to have once acquired a mild case of scurvy. She also tours with her own band of literary renegades, the Moon Babes. Argo has been both a Lambda Literary and Radar Lab Fellow. She is the founder Moonshine Press, and co-founder of the Que(e)rySF, a collective that throws parties to raise funds for hidden queer library collections. She enjoys discussing the art of DIY publishing, sex workers rights, and animal spirit guides.
Dia Felix is a writer and filmmaker. She has written for blogs including City Lights and the Museum of Arts and Design and performed her work at many venues including Segue Series and Dixon Place. She is founder and editor of “Personality Press.” Her novel “Nochita” will be published through City Lights/Sister Spit in early 2014. She is an award-winning digital media producer for museums (Exploratorium, Museum of Arts and Design) and teaches and mentors teens in experimental documentary filmmaking. Born and raised in California, she lives in New York.
Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174th Commencement exercise. In 2010, Chinaka received USC’s prestigious Annenberg Fellowship to continue her studies at its School of Cinematic Arts. She received her MFA in screenwriting, in 2012. In the Fall of that year, she received the San Francisco Foundation’s Phelan Literary Award for emerging Bay Area talent. Chinaka was a 2012 Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. In early 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, 700th&Int’l. Since its early days, Chinaka has served in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure there, Hodge served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population — as a teaching artist and poet mentor. When not educating or writing for page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative Hip Hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.
Beth Lisick is a performer and the author of four books, including the NY Times bestseller Everybody Into the Pool. Her latest book, Yokohama Threeway, is forthcoming from Sister Spit press in fall 2013. She is also the co-founder of San Francisco’s Porchlight Storytelling Series.
Virgie Tovar, MA is an author, fat activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. 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 has been featured by MTV, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, Jezebel, 7×7 Magazine, XOJane, and SF Weekly as well as on Women’s Entertainment Television and The Ricki Lake Show. She lives in San Francisco. Find her online at www.virgietovar.com.