Michelle Tea presents RADAR: An Evening of Edgy Literary Performance from San Francisco’s Underground.
Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs, most recently How to Grow Up, published by Penguin/Plume. She has written three novels, including a Young Adult fantasy trilogy currently being released by McSweeney’s, and her poetry chapbooks have been collected into a single volume, The Beautiful, by Manic D Press. She has published anthologies on first-person and queer narratives, fashion and class, and her writing appears in The Believer, n+1, Buzzfeed, The Bold Italic and other places. Tea is the Founding Artistic Director of RADAR Productions, which produces the long-running RADAR Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library, the international Sister Spit tours and many other literary programs throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She is the editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights, and the creator of Mutha magazine, an online publication about real-life mothering.
Lil Miss Hot Mess bedazzles audiences in San Francisco and beyond with a unique blend of camp, critique, and choreography. Known for throwing elaborate extravaganzas like her “Bat Mitzvah x2” and roller skating parties, as well as her use of digital technologies, she has performed at venues ranging from the legendary clubs Trannyshack and Hard French, to universities, SFMOMA, and the streets of OccupySF. She was a leader in the #MyNameIs campaign to get Facebook to ditch its so-called “real names” policy, crowned the inaugural Tiara Sensation pageant winner, and hosts a monthly show for newbies in conjunction with Some Thing at The Stud. She has performed across the US, in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and more.
Baruch Porras Hernandez has performed his writing all over California, Canada, NYC, from Museums to barbershops, to universities and even caves. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, his work can be found in several anthologies including Assaracus, with Sibling Rivalry Press, the Superhero Anthology Multiverse, and the Aim For The Head zombie anthology, both with Write Bloody Publishing. He’s performed at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, SOMArts, Counter Pulse, told stories with The Shout, Bawdy Storytelling, and recently won the Moth Storytelling Contest in L.A. He’s featured at Writers with Drinks, SF Write Club, Berkeley Poetry Slam, and in Washington D.C. at Capturing Fire and BusBoysandPoets. For the past 6 years he’s been the curator and head organizer for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic and has organized and hosted literary shows with KQED. To find out more, go to baruchporrasherandez.wordpress.com. He was born in Toluca, Mexico and likes gummy bears.
Emer Martin is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various places in the U.S. Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the U.S. in 1997. More Bread Or I’ll Appear, her second novel was published internationally in 1999. Emer studied painting in New York and has had two sell-out solo shows of her paintings at the Origin Gallery in Harcourt St, Dublin. Her third novel, Baby Zero, was published in the UK and Ireland March, 2007, and released in the U.S. in 2014. She completed her third short film Unaccompanied. She produced Irvine Welsh’s directorial debut NUTS in 2007. Emer founded the publishing cooperative Rawmeash in 2014. Emer was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. She now lives between the swamps of Silicon Valley, California and the jungles of Co. Meath, Ireland.
This event is free of charge, and is happening at the Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel
999 California Street (at Mason Street)
San Francisco, CA 94108
MUNI 1 California