Lil Miss Hot Mess
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 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.
Raquel Gutiérrez has long been a writer and live performer. She is a film actor, curator, publisher (Econo Textual Objects, established 2014), playwright, arts administrator, and community organizer. She writes about art, culture, music, film, performance and community building and creates original solo and ensemble performance compositions. Gutiérrez earned her MA in Performance Studies from New York University in 2004. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the Bay Area home. A co-founding member of the now retired performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Her work has been published in Los Angeles Weekly, Artbound, The Portland Review and Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano). She has poems in the new issue of Huizache (Fall 2014).
Kate Schatz is a writer, editor, and educator.
Her children’s book, Rad American Women A-Z, will be published by City Lights/Sister Spit in Spring 2015. Her book of fiction, Rid of Me: A Story, was published in 2006 as part of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series. Her work has been published in Oxford American, Denver Quarterly, Joyland, East Bay Express, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Her short story “Folsom, Survivor” was a 2010 Notable Short Story in Best American Short Stories 2011.
Bucky Sinister is the author of seven books including the forthcoming Black Hole from Soft Skull. Every Friday he performs standup comedy at The Hemlock Tavern. He lives in Oakland where he enjoys sleeping in, iced coffee, and lifting kettlebells.
Ben McCoy is a writer and performance artist. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Ben has spent the last decade performing her original work all over the US and Canada. She’s toured with the Sex Worker’s Art Show, as well as Sister Spit. Since that time, Ben has been a featured performer at various events, such as: RADAR Reading Series (hosted by Michelle Tea), SF Queer Open Mic, Feast of Words at SOMArts, The Bloom reading series by 14 Poppies, Marga Gomez & Friends’ comedy show at Cafe du Nord, and more. In 2012 Miss McCoy was cast in the award-winning and sold-out musical Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical, written by DavEnd and performed at Counterpulse Theatre. In 2013, MOTHA (Museum of Transgender History & Art) awarded Ben McCoy in the Underrated category. McCoy has written online for the Ironing Board collective, and has been published in two anthologies. She has an active and popular social media presence, and stars in the “How a Lady” series on YouTube