Xtra’s arts and entertainment editor Gordon Bowness caught up with author Michelle Tea at this year’s Writing Outside the Margins Queer Literary Festival. Bowness asked Tea about her series of memoirs.
Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the Lambda-winning Valencia and the illustrated Rent Girl; the poetry collection The Beautiful, and the novel Rose of No Man’s Land. She created the legendary Sister Spit all-girl open mic and performance tours of the 90s, which have been revived under the name Sister Spit: The Next Generation and is currently dragging a whole new ear of queer-centric female-ish performance literature around the US. Tea is the creator of Radar Production, a literary non-profit that produces readings in San Francisco and beyond.