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Published on April 5th, 2012 | by Wild Gender

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Legendary Raucous, Rowdy Queer Lit: Sister Spit

LONG BEACH, Ca. — A gathering of queer writers, poets and performance artists, called Sister Spit, will host a selection of readings  from their works at a free event at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 6) at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. Fourth St.

Michelle Tea, Brontez Purnell, Erin Markey, Cassie J. Sneider, Kit Yan, and Myriam Gurba are on the bill for the night. Co-founder Tea, who told the Long Beach  Press Telegram that the group is comprised mostly of “misfits and outsiders in the queer community,” is the author of  Valencia, the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction, the story of a woman looking for love in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Yan was seen on the HBO documentary “Asians Aloud.” Yan, a transgender Asian American born in Hawaii and living in New York, tells stories through slam poetry. Yan is a national ranking slam poet and the first reigning Mr. Transman.

Michelle Tea, photo by Amos-Mac

Markey is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based writer, performer and cabaret singer. She was a series regular on LOGO’s “Jeffery and Cole Casserole” TV show and wrote a solo musical, “Puppy Love: A Stripper’s Tail.”

Sister Spit is the first event in the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center’s QSpeak program. The quarterly lecture and performance series features university scholars, activists, artists and pubIic figures in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community talking about queer studies, art, culture, social justice and history.

For more information, call 562-434-4455 or visit QSpeak on Facebook.

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