For the fifth year in a row, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach will host the nationally touring spoken word showcase Sister Spit free to the community on Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 7:30pm at the historic Art Theatre Long Beach. Additionally, this event will be hosting new Arts Council for Long Beach Executive Director Griselda Suarez in her first reading at an LGBTQ event since her appointment.
“Sister Spit in Long Beach gives me the energy I need to keep doing what I do,” says Suarez. “Attendees always share the event’s love for the written and spoken word with the artists on stage and acknowledge the power of expression.”
Founded by author Michelle Tea in the 1990s, Sister Spit features queer and queer-inspired writers, artists, and poets. The tour was relaunched in 2007 and features a revolving roster of established and emerging LGBTQ and allied authors, poets, and mixed media artists. Produced by the Bay Area non-profit organization RADAR Productions, Sister Spit 2016 aims to offer a critical, intersectional, and often humorous lens to issues of feminism, race, size, class, identity, technology, gender, and sexuality.
In addition to Suarez, Sister Spit 2016 will again feature local author Myriam Gurba. Winner of the 2014 RADAR Productions’ Eli Coppola Memorial Chapbook Contest, Gurba has authored Dahlia Season, Wish You Were Me, and numerous chapbooks. Suarez was recently appointed as Executive Director for Arts Council for Long Beach and previously served as a lecturer in the Chicano and Latino Studies Department at California State University Long Beach. Additional authors and performers joining the 2016 tour include renowned author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity Julia Serano, performance artist and writer Jezebel Delilah X, author Nikki Darling whose work is archived at UCLA, 2014 Jackson Literary Award-winning author Juliana Delgado Lopera, xoJane and MTV News contributing writer Cassie J Sneider, RADAR Productions Managing Director and creator of #LoseHateNotWeight Virgie Tovar, and poet and performer Denise Benavides.
Being a part of Sister Spit has been rad” says frequent reader and award-winning author Myriam Gurba. “It has given me an audience beyond my mom.
Sister Spit will take place Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 7:30pm The Art Theatre (2025 E. 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814). A reception will immediately follow the performance at 4th Street Vine (2142 E.4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814) and is reserved for those 21 and older. Both events are free and open to the public.