Michelle Tea
Mad to Live - curator.

Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the Lambda Award-winning Valencia, and the illustrated Rent Girl with art by Laurenn McCubbin, which is currently being developed for television. Her novel, Rose of No Man’s Land, was selected as a best book of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle, ArtForum, and BookMark. She is the author of the collected poetry volume The Beautiful, co-editor with Clint Catalyst of the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person, and editor of the anthologies Baby Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing and Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class.

As part of The National Queer Arts Festival 2007, Qcc, Radar Productions, The City Lights Foundation and The San Francisco Public Library presented: Mad to Live: Queers under the influence of the Beats. A three-part series featuring contemporary queer poets, writers and performers whose underground voices, outlaw stance and wild talent have made them heirs to the Beats' literary legacy. Curated and hosted by Michelle Tea, the series included:

June 13th: Ali Liebegott, Justin Chin, Kirk Read. Marcus Ewert, and Miranda Mellis

June 20th: Lynn Breedlove, Keith Hennessy, Kirya Traber, Red Jordan Arobateau and Eileen Myles

June 27th: Rhiannon Argo, Meliza Banales, Sara Seinberg, and Diane di Prima

NOTE: The videos are 2 minute excerpts from readings that were approximately 10 minutes in length.

Rhiannon Argo

Rhiannon Argo is a San Francisco based writer whose stories have been published in several anthologies, and in her own hand-made chapbooks. She recently took her trash-talking tales on the road with the new generation of Sister Spit, and is currently working on her first novel entitled, Switch.

Meliza Banales

Meliza Banales is the author of Say It With Your Whole Mouth (Monkey Press) and the forthcoming 51 Poems About Nothing At All. She is the 2002 winner of the People Before Profits Poetry Prize and has fiction and non-fiction in Without A Net, Baby, Remember My Name, and the first ever Encyclopedia of Activsim and Social Change. Her film, Do the Math, with Mary Guzman was the winner of a 2006 Frameline Completion Grant and will screen in this year's Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Lynn Breedlove

Lynn Breedlove is a political satirist known for Tribe 8, his novel Godspeed, now a short, soon a feature film, and his comedy solo show on his trans body and the LGBTLMNOPQRST community, One Freak Show. He's a radio DJ, and hosts Gender Pirates, SF Trans Picnic 05, and SF Trans March 07. He's cute and harmless when asleep and identifies as a baby sheep.

Justin Chin

Justin Chin's third book of poetry, Gutted (Manic D Press), was awarded the Publishing Triangle's 2006 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and is a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards. His other books of poetry are Bite Hard, and Harmless Medicine (Manic D Press), which was a finalist at the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Awards, and the Asian American Literary Awards. He is also the author of three collections of essays, Burden of Ashes (Alyson Press), Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes and Pranks (St. Martin's Press), & Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms (Suspect Thoughts Press).

Diane Di Prima

Di Prima spent the late 1950's and early 1960s in Manhattan, where she participated in the emerging Beat movement. She spent some time in California at Stinson Beach and Topanga Canyon, returned to New York City and eventually moved to San Francisco permanently. Di Prima was a bridge figure between the Beat movement and the later Hippies as well as between east coat and west coast artists. She edited The Floating Bear with Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and was co-founder of the New York Poets Theatre and founder of the Poets Press. In 1966, she spent some time at Millbrook with Timothy Leary’s psychedelic community. In 1969, she wrote a novel describing her experience of the Beat movement titled Memoirs of a Beatnik. In 2001 she published Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years. Diane di Prima is the mother of five.

Marcus Ewert

Marcus Ewert is a Capricorn who lives in a turret. He's currently very proud of three things: co-creating the web-toon Piki & Poko, soon to be broadcast on the LOGO channel; writing the children's book 10,000 Dresses, due out at this fall; and slogging away on Beatboy, his memoir about his adolescent adventures with William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

Keith Hennessy

Keith Hennessy is a middle-aged queer hippy-punk performer, choreographer, teacher and organizer. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, spectacle, ritual and public action as tools for investigating and revisioning political realities. Hennessy directs Circo Zero, works often in France, and tours internationally. www.circozero.org

Ali Liebegott

Ali Liebegott's modern epic, The Beautifully Worthless, (Suspect Thoughts Press) won a Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction. In 2007 she published a novel, The IHOP Papers, with Carroll & Graf Press. She's currently writing and illustrating, The Crumb People, a novel about a post September 11th obsessive duck feeder and formulating plans for a Beautifully Worthless sequel. In 1997, 1999, and 2007 she toured the country with Sister Spit's Ramblin' Road Show. She teaches adults how to read, write and do basic
math.

Miranda F. Mellis

Miranda F. Mellis is the author of the novellas Restless (BeeHive, 2003, temporalimage.com), and Cutaway (Calamari Press, forthcoming, calamaripress.com). Various of her works have appeared in various pages including those of Context, American Book Review, Post Road, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Cabinet, McSweeney's, The Believer, The Kenyon Review and the Pocket Myths 'zine series. She teaches writing and literature (most currently at California College of Arts). Raised in San Francisco, she was once an aerialist in the tiniest circus in the world, The Turnbuckles (Sister Spit Tour, '98). She is a cofounder of The Encyclopedia Project and the chamber-noir trio My Invisible.

Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is an acclaimed lesbian poet and novelist. Currently she is a Professor of Literature at University of California, San Diego. She is the author of twelve books including the autobiographical novel, Cool For You (Soft Skull Press, 2000) and a poetry collection Skies (Black Sparrow Press, 2001).

Kirk Read

Kirk Read is the author of How I Learned to Snap and the forthcoming essay collection This is the Thing. He curates events around town and cohosts the open mics series K'vetsh and Smack Dab. He recently completed his MFA at San Francisco State in "fiction," although most of what he wrote is completely true. He has worn many hats at St. James Infirmary, the city's free clinic for sex workers. He is working on a novel as well as two anthologies - a male sex worker book and a collection about the intersections between gay male and transmale communities. His out-of-date website is kirkread.com

Red Jorday Arobateau

Red's works are collected by several major universities under Women, and Gender Studies Departments, including the Bancroft Library, the acquisitions library of the University of California at Berkeley.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual & transsexual titles. Themes of class struggle. Mixed race characters are Red's trademark.--Be forewarned that Red Jordan Press books are not spellchecked!

Most of Red's new transsexual fiction is still only available on this website http://www.redjordanarobateau.com

Sara Seinberg

Sara Seinberg is a writer and photographer living in san francisco. she is currently working on some scripts, some essays, making new visual work, and writing a novel called the madness of a simple red stone , a modern re-telling of the myth of pandora. she is hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of following in the footsteps of jo from "facts of life" by learning to ride a motorcycle.

Kirya Traber

Kirya Traber is a poet, activist, student, and member of the winning team at the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, Brave New Voices. In 2004 she co-wrote and starred in the Living Word Festival’s dance/poetry collaboration, Cause. She appears in Tiny Little Maps to Each Other published by First Word Press.