I have been getting so many fantastic emails and inquiries about Ruckus, and your response has been amazing and inspiring.
I can’t wait to see you all at Ruckus this month, below you’ll find details about the event followed by the amazing photos and bios for this month’s lineup. Read on, write on, and see you on the 26th!
Ruckus: a Queer and Trans people of color reading and performance series
Saturday, February 26th
Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe and Activist Center (172 Allen Street, NYC)
$5 suggested, and no one will ever be turned away.
This month’s lineup:
Elisha Lim is the author of 100 Butches which is a genderbending comic with a cult following including queer luminaries like Allison Bechdel (Fun Home, Dykes to Watch Out For) and Michelle Tea (Rent Girl, Rose of No Man’s Land). Elisha’s work was voted best lesbian’s lesbian art on the authoritative queer site afterellen.com, and has been praised in Diva UK, Curve US, LOTL Australia, Xtra Canada, and nomorepotlucks. The 100 Butches toured in 2010 with the legendary Sister Spit caravan through 28 North American cities and join the Concordia University women’s studies syllabus. In 2011 Elisha will be collaborating on a new graphic novel with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and feature as the first exhibit at Allyson Mitchell’s Feminist Art Gallery, or FAG.
Praise from Bitch Magazine Blog
“Elisha Lim’s shy approach to a discussion of the various butches she’s met, loved, lost and held so dearly is one of the highlights of the Sister Spit show. Her book, 100 Butches, is complete with hand-written tales accompanied by an authentic Lim drawing of each of her memorialized muses. Each butch is canonized, numbered, yes, but celebrated. From admiring androgyny to loving the way someone can lean (in that “I could watch this for hours” way conveyed ever so eloquently by Angela Chase on obsession Jordan Catalano), Lim’s re-imaginings of the perfections and flaws of those she’s desired and been changed by can make an audience go “uhhhhhhh.”
honourable mention on afterellen.com
Cristy C. Road
Cristy C. Road is a 28 year old Cuban-American Artist and Writer. Blending the inevitable existence of socialprinciples, sexual curiosity, mental inadequacies, and dirty thoughts- Road thrives to testify the beauty of the imperfect.Her endeavors in illustrating and publishing began when writing a punk rock zine, Greenzine, for ten years. She resumedto illustrate countless record album covers, book covers, political organizations, magazine articles, and more. Road hasalso published an illustrated novel entitled INDESTRUCTIBLE [Microcosm Publishing], a memoir on being queer, Latina,and punk rock during adolescence; DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW SICK, a postcard collection of work from2001-2007 [Microcosm Publishing]; and BAD HABITS [Soft Skull], an Illustrated love story about a faltering human heart’stelepathic connections to the destruction of New York City. Roads work has also been featured in the Baby Remember MyName: New Queer Girl Writing Anthology, Live Through This Anthology, Reproduce and Revolt, and countless otherpublished works. Road just concluded a National tour with SISTER SPIT, an all-girl spoken-word road-show and iscurrently working on SPIT AND PASSION, a new graphic novel about coming out, religion, culture, and chronic bandobsessions. She hibernates in Brooklyn, NY. Cristy can be found online at croadcore.org.
Toi is a native Texan (read: an Austinite) best described as a multi-racial, multi-lingual, genderqueer philosophactivist, health advocate, queer activist, grassroots organizer, a womanist, and a reluctant academic and willing educator. They are an anti-oppression facilitator for health care professionals and social service workers, committed to helping bridge the gap and create understanding between patients and providers and helping the two come to an understanding that will hopefully someday obliterate negative health outcomes and health disparities based on unconscious and conscious biases, racism, homo/transphobia, sexism, and ableism. Toi is a screenwriter/playwright/poet/academic writer—i.e. “just hand them a pen so they can write ANYTHING.” Toi is also a compassionmonger and peacemonger who believes in the power of dialogue and the perils of “Othering” or not seeing others as an extension of oneself. And most importantly, Toi is an ordinary superhero full of the utmost wanderlust. Toi is in the last year of being held hostage in the ivory tower (unless they go on for more school) and is working on a few projects: an interactive, multimedia autobiography-type-whatchamacallit that they call “Saturn Return” and a book of their original works. Their academicwork includes papers on the failures of modern medicine to address pain, Fibromyalgia and Lupus in women of color, a paper on the ethics of Transgender Medicine, and a paper entitled “African and African American Healing Traditions in the South: A Differing View in the Importance of Spirituality and Women’s Roles in Medicine, and a look at Traditional Medicine’s Influence on Modern medicine in the United States” which focuses on native American and African/American healers and more specifically, enslaved women healers and healing as a resistance to the institution of slavery. Toi is also writing for and helping edit the upcoming book Trans Bodies Trans Selves and organizing a statewide forum in Austin, TX to get the less heard in the genderqueer community heard throughout the book.
Recently Featured in the HBO Documentary Asians Aloud, Kit Yan tell stories through slam poetry from the lens of a transgender Asian American from Hawaii now lost in the big city of New York. Through touching love poems, dirty sex accounts(optional), and comedic tales of his childhood –Kit takes you on a journey that is raw, real, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable.
Kit’s work has been taught at universities coast to coast,from San Francisco State to Harvard. He spoke to over 200,000 from the stage of the 2009 National Equality March, performed on the San Francisco Pride main stage, and is a nationally ranking slam poet. Kit Yan is first ever and reigning Mr. Transman 2010.
Visit Kit online at kityanpoet.com.
(yes, I am doing a full set this month, and this month only).
Victor Tobar is a Queer Latino andro transguy freak, writer, performer, activist, and arts educator. Born and raised in the Bronx, he now resides in Brooklyn, from where he composes letters to the ghosts of yearning and nostalgia (lettersfrombklyn.blogspot.com). He’s been part of the NYC writing and performance scene for the past 12 years. In 2000 he repped New York as part of the Brave New Voices Youth Slam team. He helped developed and mentor QQ&A, a creative writing workshop for Queer and Questioning youth with Urban Word NYC. As part of Mangos with Chili, he’s toured the northeast and Canada. His pieces weave tangible images, fantasy, and raw emotional footage in an attempt to portray life from the underneath of the city. He is currently proud and humbled to curate “Ruckus”, a monthly reading and performance series that features Queer and Trans artists of color, seeking to create community and visibility in the New York art scene.