Our Authors

Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs, including the cult favorite Valencia, the illustrated Rent Girl, and most recently How to Grow Up; the novel Rose of No Man's Land; a YA fantasy trilogy in progress (Books 1 and 2 published so far: Mermaid in Chelsea Creek and Girl at the Bottom of the Sea); and The Beautiful, a collection of self-published poetry chapbooks from the 1990s. She is the Founding Executive Director of RADAR Productions, a queer-feminist literary organization that runs The RADAR Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library, the international Sister Spit performance tours, and many other programs around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She is Editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights, and founding Editor of Mutha Magazine, an alternative parenting web magazine. She has edited anthologies on class, fashion, and queer literature, and her column "Getting Pregnant with Michelle Tea" ran for three years on xoJane.com. Tea also occasionally writes for Buzzfeed, The Believer, The Bold Italic, n+1 and other print and web publications.

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

Contributions by Michelle Tea

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San Francisco Noir
Peter Maravelis
No trolley car stops at these dark, gritty San Francisco locales. The "other side of the postcard" brought to you by The City's best home-grown local writers. And edited by City Lights' own Peter Maravelis. —Recomended by Stacey, City Lights Publishers

With Michelle Tea

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Selected Works
Justin Chin, Jennifer Joseph
A Bay Area legend who knew how to excite readers, make them laugh, leave them devastated. Then, make them fall in love (with him), say "Heck yeah!" & clap their hands until it hurt—it still hurts. A beautiful soul taken too soon. —Recommended by Jared