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The Official LGBT Young Adult Book Club of the LGBT Writers in Schools Program
~A safe place where LGBT youth and their supporters can read a story like their own.~
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 Featuring a who’s who of queer and queer-centric writers and artists, the collection functions as a travelogue, a historical document, and a yearbook from irreverent graduates of the school of hard knocks.
By Michelle Tea
City Lights Publishing
$16.95, 208 pp.
Michelle Tea is the author of a novel, four memoirs, a collection of poetry and the Young Adult Fantasy book A Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, forthcoming from McSweeney’s. She is founder of RADAR Productions, a literary non-profit that runs the international Sister Spit performance tours, among other things.
As part of our LGBT Writers in Schools program and our growing mission to promote the acceptance of LGBT works, their authors and LGBT students in schools, we are launching a national online book club for LGBT youth. Lambda Literary Foundation, in partnership with the Gay/Straight Educators Alliance and the National Council of Teachers of English, aim to provide readers 14 years-old and up the opportunity to read and discover LGBT works in a safe and protective atmosphere.Covering many genres including fiction, memoir and poetry, My Story is a place where LGBT youth and their supporters can read a story like their own and participate in an open discussion with like-minded readers. Focused on providing an open and welcoming atmosphere online, My Story exposes diversity in the positive and creative conduit of literature.
Each month, we will introduce a LGBT work geared towards young adults with compelling discussions, polls, play lists, author commentary and trivia.
For a flat rate twenty dollar donation, a copy of the current My Story Book Club monthly selection is purchased and sent to a community center, high school, or nonprofit organization that is building its own LGBT library. Because of funding cuts, these organizations can’t afford to supply their libraries with books even though there is a demand from teens to read and discuss them. Unfortunately, these economic challenges affect the smaller cities and towns where these books are most needed. Often there are few resources for LGBT youth and one book that reflects their own experience can make a positive difference during a vulnerable time in their lives. Once you’ve made your donation, our official partner, Skylight Books, will send the book to a community center, high school, or nonprofit organization in need. Please consider helping a youth by donating a copy today. Your support makes a difference!If you’re high school, community center, or non-profit organization is interested in receiving a donated copy, email Monica Carter.
A youth moderator, 14-18 years old, will check the My Story online activity daily. The moderator will also be expected to provide weekly discussion topics based on the pages/chapters read that week and promote thoughtful commentary from the group’s readers. They will also be expected to monitor and remove any offensive language or content posted. The moderators are there to provide and maintain a fun, safe and positive atmosphere in which readers can discuss openly LGBT works. If you would like to showcase your love for books, email Monica Carter at: [email protected].
As part of My Story’s dedication to community and diversity, we wanted to partner with an independent bookstore that reflected our mission and values. Skylight Books has always been a thriving cultural center in the local community and a proponent of LGBT literature. We are proud to have Skylight Books as our official partner.Skylight Books is an independent bookstore (founded in 1996) in a 1930s storefront in Los Feliz, known for its curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, art books, LGBTQ-interest books, children’s books, and magazines. The store’s author events program includes many acclaimed LGBTQ authors, with recent events held for Jeanette Winterson, Eileen Myles, Dennis Cooper, Bret Easton Ellis, J. Halberstam, and many more.LGBT Young Adult authors interested in participating in My Story, please contact Monica Carter at: [email protected].