A collection of writing and artwork from the irreverent, flagrantly queer, hilariously feminist, tough-talking, genre-busting ruffians who have toured with the legendary Sister Spit. Co-founded in 1997 by award-winning writer Michelle Tea, Sister Spit is an underground cultural institution, a gender-bending writers' cabaret that brings a changing roster of both emerging writers and some of the most important queer and counterculture artists of the day to universities, art galleries, community spaces and other venues across the country and worldwide.
Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road captures the provocative, politicized and risk-taking elements that characterize the Sister Spit aesthetic, stamping the raw energy and signature style of the live show onto the page. Bratty poets and failed priestesses, punk angst and tough love, too much to drink and tattooed timelines—this anthology captures it all in a collection of poetry, personal narrative, fiction and artwork. Featuring a who's who of queer and queer-centric writers and artists, the collection functions as a travelog, a historical document and a yearbook from irreverent graduates of the school of hard knocks.
Includes contributions by Eileen Myles, Beth Lisick, Michelle Tea, MariNaomi, Cristy Road, Ali Liebegott, Blake Nelson, Lenelle Moise and many more!
"Heartbreakingly beautiful writing; sometimes funny, sometimes shattering—always revolutionary. Truly amazing collection!"—Margaret Cho
"Sister Spit is like the underground railroad for burgeoning queer writers. Not only in the van, but in the audiences trapped in the hinterlands of America and looking to escape. Sister Spit saves lives."—Justin Vivian Bond, author of TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels
STAR / Samuel Topiary
MY LIFE IN INK / Cooper Lee Bombardier
SISTER SPIT 2011 TOUR DIARY / Blake Nelson
FEBRUARY 13TH, 1982 / Eileen Myles
from CHA-CHING! / Ali Liebegott
REAL PAPER LETTER / Tamara Llosa-Sandor
WHO KNOWS THE SECRET TO THE PLEASURE OF A WOMAN?
/ Tara Jepsen
TRAINING FOR GODDESSES / Kat Marie Yoas
SISTER SPIT 2010 TOUR DIARY / Nicole J. Georges
THE HONG MOON LESBIANS OF THE SACRED HEART / Elisha Lim
THE FOREST OF THE DESPOT / Anna Joy Springer
MEMORY: PRIVATE SCHOOL JEZEBEL / Lenelle Moise
FRENCH DRAG QUEENS, MY NEW BEST FRIENDS / Ben McCoy
POEM ‘BOUT MIKE (BUT REALLY FOR JOE) / Miguel Gutierrez
YOKOHAMA THREEWAY / Beth Lisick
I’M NOT LOST I JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE THE FUCK I AM.
/ Rhiannon Argo
MAMA BIRD / Myriam Gurba
HIGH FIVE FOR RAM DASS / Harriet ‘Harry’ Dodge
BELLE / Kirk Read
SISTER SPIT TOUR DIARY 2011 / MariNaomi
WHERE IS MY SOUL? / Cristy C. Road
"Michelle Tea is the literary purveyor of fucking bring-it."—SF Weekly
"To walk away from Sister Spit is to discover a constellation of roughly-hewn stars . . . "—Los Angeles Review of Books
"This book is a queer anthem. It flashes bright neon lights and blows out plumes of dirty glitter."—Autostraddle
"This riotous collage edited by a Sister Spit cofounder celebrates the acclaimed underground lesbian-feminist roadshow. Poetry, art, stories and snippets of self-reflection from the collective's rotating membership honor this cultural institution in its signature provocative fashion."—Ms. Magazine
"Sister Spit: Writings, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road is a genuine, honest and funny collection of stories. It captures the provocative, brazen and high-energy nature of Sister Spit, though it reads like a personal journal."—Art Animal
"Raw, real, and riotous . . . Critical and demanding, [Sister Spit] asks us to imagine a better world and then do whatever it takes to make our fantasies real."—AlterNet
"The immediacy of the road is brought home . . . and the lightning-fast pace of the selections will engage its target audience of younger dyke readers"—Curve Magazine
"This anthology is a page-turner, and although many of the stories deal with difficult topics like alienation, homophobia and substance abuse, a strong current of self-deprecating humour also runs through the collection."—Cult Magazine
"Edited by award-winning writer and co-founder of Sister Spit, Michelle Tea is the most appropriate editor of a compilation of writing and artwork by "the irreverent, flagrantly queer, hilariously feminist, tough-talking, genre-busting ruffians" who have joined the band on tour."—SF Weekly