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Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road

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"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
Paperback, 225 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by City Lights Publishers (first published September 11th 2012)
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Oct 23, 2012 Oriana marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-read-soon
God, why do I have to work? Why can't I just sit around and read all day so I can get to all the books in the world??

From Flavorpill, whom I sometimes feel is my very own personal taste arbiter:

The transgressive underground writers’ coalition / performance art roadshow / multi-media collective / all-around gang of awesome known as Sister Spit teamed up with City Lights this year to create a new imprint focused on publishing queer and feminist writers, starting with this new anthology, which is f
Sep 23, 2012 MariNaomi rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yeah, I'm in this, but I'm giving it five stars anyway. So there!

My super-favorites were Blake Nelson's tour diary, Nicole J. George's tour diary, Kat Marie Yoas's "Training for Goddesses" (about taking a course to be a dominatrix--hilarity ensues!), Kirk Read's heartbreaking story about "Belle," and more and more and more and more: Elisha Lim, Myriam Gurba, Cassie J. Sneider, Ben McCoy, Beth Lisick. Holy crap, what a lineup! And Rhiannon Argo's story about tour dysfunctions in Europe was juicy
I’ve seen Sister Spit, the roving, rotating band of writers, performers, poets and cartoonists of the queer, queerish, or at least marginalized persuasion twice now – the first time was when my friend Mari was a part of the posse in 2011, and then again several months ago for their spring '12 tour. Best believe I’ll go see them again next year and the year after that and every year after - as long as they come a’calling to my town, I’m in – they’re just that good and inspiring and hilarious and ...more
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"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, Fall 2012 Issue

"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." —Eleanor Bader, AlterNet

Nov 25, 2012 Rhea rated it really liked it
filled me with jealousy and desire. I want to go on a Sister Spit tour, or, better yet, I want to know rad writers like this in my community.
Blake Nelson
Sep 29, 2012 Blake Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Aug 16, 2015 L.A. rated it really liked it
What it says, and it's wonderful.

Sister Spit, for the uninitiated, is a group of queer poets/writers/performers who would randomly van up and trundle around the country, reading their work at various colleges, bars, and whatever other wimmin-friendly venues they could find. Some of the pieces in here were delivered at stops on the tour. Others are road diaries. Both types of writing are fun and interesting to read, and one in particular -- Kat Marie Yoas's "Training for Goddesses," would make a
Sep 04, 2013 Lauren rated it it was ok
Oh how I love Sister Spit performances and how I have loved them for many years. However, I can't say I loved this anthology. The contributors have greatly varying degrees of talent, which can be a charming thing, especially seeing a live performance, but in book form leaves most of the contributions worth skipping. I mean putting Eileen Myles in there is just a bit unfair to everyone else. After reading Eileen's piece most others feel a bit flat. Also, this book presents itself as a collection ...more
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Jan 08, 2016 Amy P. rated it really liked it
I wish you could use the phrase "amaze balls" in a literary critique and sound dignified.

This anthology is fantastic!It may help that there is an essay by my favorite author Blake Nelson in here and he may have mentioned meeting me in his writing (yeah, I'm a literary rock star now...or at least a groupie). To just say that Blake Nelson's writing is awesome enough reason to read this would be true, but also every other piece in here could stand-alone and be enough reason to read this. Voices th
Apr 03, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
Emotional, various. Some I loved, some I liked, some I skipped.

I like the concept of it, but like most queer/feminist scenes, reeks of transmisogyny.
Sep 19, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it
B+ A lot of great short things in here, much abt Sister Spits' tours, some general writing. Good, fun writing in lots of formats.
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