Last week the San Francisco Public Library launched the nationwide 2012 tour of queer writers and performers known as Sister Spit. The visceral literary road show was created back in the nineties by Sini Anderson and Michelle Tea.
The innovative tour bravely took queer poetry to small colleges, dive bars and coffee shops all across the nation, often bringing somewhat radical ideas to rural and conservative communities. Sometimes the writers even took their own lives into their hands. But now Sister Spit is more established and better funded, and boasts such luminaries as Dorothy Allison for part of the tour.
The free all ages event at the library hosted an all-star line up, and the theater was packed with many enthusiastic fans. A stream of diverse writers and performers graced the stage, each sharing their passion, wrath, fear and beautiful insight with the assembled crowd. We were also treated to a special sneak preview of a film adaptation of Michelle Tea’s infamous book, Valencia. Each chapter is being made by a different director and actors; I am excited to see the entire finished movie.
Here are a few more photos from the Sister Spit show in San Francisco earlier this month: