Sep 28th, 2019

Doors Open at 11:30 AM


Main Day

Hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Music by DJ Por Vida

Food by L.A. Habana  (lunch at 1:15)

books and merchandise for salE From Venue Sponsors A Love bizarre, Book Show, And Skylight Books

BAR By Donation


12:30 PM

TEGAN AND SARA kick off a special day-long celebration with a presentation from their new memoir High School (FSG) followed by a Q&A with moderator Megan Milks.


2 PM

PERFORMANCES FEATURING SOME OF QUEER LITERATURE’S MOST CRUCIAL VOICES including Phranc, Karen Tongson, Charlie Jane Anders, Myriam Gurba, Dynasty Handbag, Katherine Agyemaa Agard, Tommy Pico, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Danez Smith


12:30 PM  

Reading & Conversation

with tegan and sara about their debut book High School

2 PM



Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson is the author of Why Karen Carpenter Matters (2019), and Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (2011). In 2019, she received the Lambda Literary Jeanne Córdova Award for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction. She is associate professor of English, gender & sexuality studies, and American studies & ethnicity at USC, and co-editor of the award-winning book series, Postmillennial Pop (with Henry Jenkins) at NYU Press. Tongson has two books in progress: Empty Orchestra: Karaoke, Queer Aesthetics, Queer Theory (Duke University Press), and NORMPORN: Television and the Spectacle of Normalcy (NYU Press). Tongson cohosts the podcast, Waiting to X-hale with Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh.

Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez’s work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020.

Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders’ latest novel is The City in the Middle of the Night. She’s also the author of All the Birds in the Sky, which won the Nebula, Crawford and Locus awards, and Choir Boy, which won a Lambda Literary Award. Plus a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke and a short story collection called Six Months, Three Days, Five Others. Her short fiction has appeared in, Boston Review, Tin House, Conjunctions, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Wired Magazine, Slate, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed, ZYZZYVA, Catamaran Literary Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and tons of anthologies. Her story “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo Award, and her story “Don’t Press Charges And I Won’t Sue” won a Theodore Sturgeon Award. Charlie Jane also organizes the monthly Writers With Drinks reading series, and co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct with Annalee Newitz.


Myriam Gurba

Myriam Gurba is a high school teacher, writer, podcaster and artist who lives in Long Beach, California. Her most recent book, the true crime memoir Mean, was a New York Times editors’ choice. Publishers Weekly describes her as a “literary voice like none other.” Gurba co-hosts the AskBiGrlz advice podcast with cartoonist, and MariNaomi. Her collage, digital artwork, and photography has been shown in museums, galleries, and community centers.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. The Lambda Award winning author of Tonguebreaker, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River, Bodymap and three other books and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home, they are a lead artist with Sins Invalid.

Tommy Pico

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.


Dynasty Handbag

Dynasty Handbag is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned 15 years and been presented at such institutions as MOCALA, PS1, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Hammer Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. Jibz also produces and hosts Weirdo Night!, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles.

Katherine Agyemaa Agard

Katherine Agyemaa Agard most recently wrote of color, which will be published by Essay Press in 2020. A dual citizen of Ghana and Trinidad & Tobago, she lives in San Francisco. 


Phranc introduces herself as “the All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger.” Also a visual artist, she has adopted the moniker “The Cardboard Cobbler.” She has released five albums of original music on Rhino Records, Island Records, Kill Rock Stars, her own label Phancy Records, and toured internationally with many acclaimed and notorious artists including The Smiths, Violent Femmes, The Pogues, and Morrissey. Both Phranc’s music and visual work employ humor to raise consciousness, trigger response, and provoke discussion. She exhibits her visual work at the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, California and at the Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho.





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Book Show, Women's Center for Creative Work, and A Love Bizarre.