Collection : City Lights/Sister Spit, City Lights Publishers

Formed in 1994 by poets Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson, Sister Spit began as a weekly, girls-only open mic in San Francisco, at the height of the spoken word boom of the '90s. Named "Best Place to Hear Silver-Tongued She-Devils" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Sister Spit was one of the most popular events for queer women and Bay Area poets of all genders to attend, featuring writers such as Mary Gaitskill, Eileen Myles and Beth Lisick, as well as hundreds of up-and-coming and emerging writers. By 1997, Sister Spit took their show on the road, staging their cabaret-style literary performance in bars, art galleries, LGBT community centers, theaters, bookstores, and even discos to perform before enthusiastic audiences everywhere. In 2007, Sister Spit relaunched after a briefly quiet couple of years, with Tea leading the roadshow on the Sister Spit: The Next Generation tours.

Sister Spit: The Next Generation brought a group of queer-centric, feminist, irreverent artists across the U.S. and Canada, and occasionally through Europe, performing mainly at universities and art centers for a month on the road. With performers such as Nicole J. Georges, Cristy Road, Eileen Myles, Beth Lisick, Blake Nelson, Justin Vivian Bond and Ariel Schrag as part of their line-ups, Sister Spit: The Next Generation was no longer a girls-only event, reflecting changes in gender identity and sexual orientation and remaining as provocative, hilarious, politicized, soulful and risk-taking as ever.

Now, the genre-busting radicals of Sister Spit are getting published, and sheltered under a particularly auspicious umbrella!

In 2015, City Lights published its first-ever book for children through its City Lights/Sister Spit imprint, Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!  by Kate Schatz with illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl. The book became a New York Times Bestseller.


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The Beautifully Worthless
Ali Liebegott
Back in print! Ali Liebegott's award-winning epic road poem has been compared to Jack Kerouac and David Wojnarowicz.

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Ali Liebegott
A tender, unforgettable story about being young and broke in America, and the conjoined hearts of love and addiction.

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Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge
"These are poems to read every day. To make mantras from. They are the best poems you've ever read."––Daveed Diggs, star of Hamilton

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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse
Winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award: With rhythmic poetry and intimate prose, Haiti Glass offers an unflinching look at disaster, desire, and death-defying love.

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Like a Dog
Tara Jepsen
"[Like a Dog] announces a singular new voice in American fiction—one which is deeply alive, hard-hitting, and tender."––Maggie Nelson

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Man Alive
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Thomas Page McBee
Far from a transgender transition tell-all, here is a personal yet universal story of charting one's course to ultimate self-recognition. Thomas Page McBee's writings on gender have appeared in the New York Times, Vice, and Salon, and he writes the "Self-Made Man" column for The Rumpus

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Dia Felix
A poetic debut novel, formally experimental, by turns hallucinatory, darkly funny and brutally real. Nochita is tender, fierce, and unforgettable.

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Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl
New York Times Bestseller! A book for children—and their parents, teachers, and cool grown-up friends—documenting America's famous and unsung heroines.

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Sister Spit
Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road
Michelle Tea
The inaugural book of the City Lights/Sister Spit Series! A collection of writing and artwork from Sister Spit, the hilariously feminist, gender-bending, genre-busting literary roadshow.

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And Other Small Shames
Beth Lisick
"Beth Lisick's kaleidoscopic whirlwind tour through her secret shames is the ultimate joyride for those of us who enjoy cringe-worthy embarrassment, genuine pathos, and an overdosing amount of schadenfreude."—Michael Ian Black