April 26, 7pm, join us at The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd Street, as The Rumpus presents the San Francisco launch party for Antonia Crane’s Memoir Spent. Featuring special guests: Michelle Tea, Lynn Breedlove, Jerry Lee, Anna Pulley, Bucky Sinister, Joshua Mohr, Melissa Tan and a special surprise entertainment guest!
Spent is a memoir about a woman’s journey through the sex industry, but it’s also a story of family, community, and the constant struggle against loneliness.
Antonia Crane is a writer, teacher and performer in Los Angeles. She is the author of the memoir “Spent” by Barnacle Books/Rare Bird Lit. Her other work can be found in:The Rumpus, Playboy, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Dame Magazine, Salon, PANK magazine, Black Clock, The Believer, Frequencies, Slake, The Los Angeles Review The New Black, and lots other places. She can be found running up Griffith Park mountain and here:http://antoniacrane.com/.
Michelle Tea is the author of many books, most recently the young adult fantasy novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek. Her memoir Valencia was made into an experimental, collaborative film that is currently touring film festivals internationally. She is the founder and artistic director of RADAR Productions, which runs the monthly RADAR Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library, the Sister Spit Books imprint with City Lights, and many other awesome programs.
Lynn Breedlove is the author of the novel Godspeed, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2002, was the singer for the band Tribe 8, which won the 2005 Heritage Award for Creativity, and was the writer/performer of Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show, a comic solo show on gender and the ensuing book, which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award in the transgender category. He is the founder of Homobiles, a ride service for the LGBTIQ community and its allies, which, along with his creative work, won him the 2012 Harvey Milk LGBT Club Award for Activism.
Bucky Sinister is a poet, self-help author, and a comedian. He’s also published a little journalism, film reviews, and a few short stories. You can also spot him in the forthcoming Willow Creek, a film by Bobcat Goldthwait. He appears every Wednesday at 8 pm at the Dark Room as part of the comedy night called The Business.
Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels, including “Damascus,” which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written “Some Things that Meant the World to Me,” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as “Termite Parade,” an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List. He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at USF. His latest novel is “Fight Song.”
Jerry Lee is a filmmaker, performance artist and lighting designer in San Francisco. He co-directed the Brontez Purnell Dance Company’s film Free Jazz as well as directed a chapter of Valencia The Movie/s. Over the years he has tech directed many projects including The Sex Workers Art Show, Homo A Gogo, Sister Spit, Queer Rebels and Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical! He has a lot of stories to tell.
A dancer since birth, Melissa danced her way through college while pursuing a degree in the arts. A copy writer by day and freelance journalist by night, she also pens personal essays about her strip club experiences. Her work has been featured in The Rumpus, The Bold Italic and The Sweethome.
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