Radar – Old School 3

radaroldsc3 June 23
Radar – Old School:
Writers Unearth and Re-imagine the Lives and Legacies of Queers Gone By
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
Justin Chin. Photo: r.e. morrison
Twelve literary performers re-interpret and re-imagine living gay back in the day. A three-part series co-presented with the GLBT Historical Society and sponsored by Zellerbach Family Foundation. The final week’s installment stars Justin Chin, Cyd Nova, Ali Liebegott + Len Plass.

Ali Liebegott. Photo: Amos Mac

Ali Liebegott has been publishing poems and stories for more than twenty years.  Her books include The Beautifully Worthless and The IHOP Papers, both winners of a Lambda Literary Award.  The IHOP Papers was also awarded a Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction The second in a trilogy of hybrid book-length poems, The Summer of Dead Birds, will be published by Alyson Books in April 2011.  She’s also writing and illustrating a novel, The Crumb People, about a post-September 11th obsessive duck feeder. She has toured the country several times with multimedia literary arts tour, Sister Spit. In conjunction with San Francisco-based literary organization, RADAR Productions, Liebegott helped found and facilitate the only free queer writers’ retreat: The RADAR Lab and founded RADAR’s annual Eli Coppola Memorial Chapbook Prize. She taught Creative Writing at UC San Diego. Liebegott currently lives in San Francisco.

Len Plass

Len Plass is a San Francisco-based writer.  In 2001 he co-founded Junkyard Books, a short lived press that released one anthology–Lowdown Highway–which featured both his writing and his keen eye as co-editor.  He has also been published in the Bay Area’s Inside Pride Guide.   He has been writing and performing for 13 years, at events such as RADAR Reading Series, K’vetch, and Homo A Go Go.  He organized and performed in the Lowdown Highway 2004 national summer tour.  Len Plass writes ragged, self-loathing tales about every tired, worn-out kind of heartbreak and hardship. He just crossed North America with Sister Spit: Next Generation. When not writing, Len is busy being psychic.  

Cyd Nova. Photo: Amos Mac

Cyd Nova is a writer, hooker, and all around shit talker whose writing has appeared in Original Plumbing, $PREAD, and ProVision.  He is currently working on two zines – TRAIN WRECK number 3 and a collaboration AIDS zine tenatively titled Quarterly Rectal Review. His performance is a love letter to Beowulf Thorne, editor of Diseased Pariah News – the anti-redemptive, irreverent, lust infected magazine for seropositives of the 90’s.

Justin Chin. Photo: r.e. morrison

Justin Chin is the author of three books of essays and three books of poetry; the most recent of which, Gutted (Manic D Press), received the Publishing Triangle’s 2007 Thom Gunn Award for Poetry.

Sponsored by Zellerbach Family Foundation, W&F Hewlett Foundation and WA Gerbode Foundation. Co sponsored by GLBT Historical Society.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received The James Irvine Foundation.