Wednesday, May 26, 2010

LGBT Authors Making History

Out and Off the Margins
LGBT Authors Making History

Koret Auditorium • San Francisco Public Library • 100 Larkin Street
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 • 6 PM

This year’s kick-off event to San Francisco Pride showcases five Cleis Press authors, and co-publisher Felice Newman in a panel discussing how LGBT writers understand their roles as a part of history. This panel, aptly taking place on San Francisco Pride’s 40th anniversary and Cleis Press’s 30th anniversary, gives the authors a chance to look back at how LGBT writing has changed as the margins of sexual identity have widened and shifted. Authors Ann Bannon (Beebo Brinker, Odd Girl Out); Jon Ginoli (Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division); Rob Rosen (Divas Las Vegas); Rachel Pepper (The Transgender Child, The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians); Carol Queen (PoMoSexuals, Real Live Nude Girl); and Felice Newman (The Whole Lesbian Sex Book) address their participation in the explosion of LGBT literature in the last several decades. The Bay Area Reporter’s assistant arts editor Jim Provenzano, a popular novelist himself, will moderate the panel. Come celebrate Pride with today’s most famous and influential local LGBT authors, who brought you your favorite erotica, pulp fiction, essays, and novels!

Event Summary
Title: Out and Off the Margins: LGBT Authors Making History
Location: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street
Time: Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 @ 6 PM
Description: Pride kick-off panel of Cleis Press authors Ann Bannon, Jon Ginoli, Rob Rosen, Rachel Pepper, Carol Queen, and Felice Newman. Moderated by Jim Provenzano of the Bay Area Reporter.

Ann Bannon has been called “The Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction” for her landmark “Beebo Brinker Chronicles,” a series of five original paperback novels published by Gold Medal Books in the 1950s and 60s. The books tell the stories of young lesbians in the gay Mecca of pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village. When she started writing in 1955, Bannon was a twenty-two year old housewife living in Philadelphia. Odd Girl Out was Bannon’s first published work, and the second bestselling original paperback of 1957. Bannon followed it up with four others: I Am A Woman, Women in the Shadows, Journey to a Woman, and Beebo Brinker, all published between 1957 and 1962.

Jon Ginoli is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founding member of Pansy Division, whose albums include Undressed, Deflowered, and Wish I’d Taken Pictures. When not on tour with the band, he lives in San Francisco. His memoir, Deflowered: My Life With Pansy Division has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

San Francisco writer Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love and Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction. He has had short stories published in over 100 anthologies and wrote erotica for MEN and Freshmen magazines for 5+ years. Please visit him at

Rachel Pepper is the co-author of The Transgender Child, The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians, and The Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life. An award-winning journalist and editor for many publications, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Carol Queen is a writer and cultural sexologist with a doctorate of education in human sexuality. Her essay collection, Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, was published in 1997. Her essays have also appeared in many publications, including Male Lust and The Erotic Impulse. Her erotic stories can be found in Best Women's Erotica, the Herotica anthologies, Libido, and Best American Erotica 1993, 1994, and 2000, and in many other anthologies; her erotic novel, The Leather Daddy and the Femme, was published in 1998 and won a Firecracker Alternative Book Award the following year. She is co-editor of the anthologies Best Bisexual Erotica, Sex Spoken Here, Switch Hitters, and PoMoSexuals; the latter won a Lambda Literary Award in 1998. Queen currently works as staff sexologist at Good Vibrations and runs the Center for Sex and Culture with Dr. Robert Lawrence. For more information see her website:

Felice Newman is a sex educator and Somatic Coach certified by the Strozzi Institute. She is the author of The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us, and is a founding co-publisher of Cleis Press. Felice has appeared on Dr. Drew's Love Line, Derek & Romaine Show, and other radio programs, and has spoken to audiences on sexuality in cities across the country. She is the resident sex coach on and has offered online sex advice on, and Her Whole Lesbian Sex column appears in newspapers across the U.S. She is a member of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

Jim Provenzano is the author of three novels: PINS, Monkey Suits, and Cyclizen. For ten years he was a syndicated Sports Complex columnists, and he has also served as a guest curator at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. He is currently the Assistant Arts Editor for the Bay Area Reporter.

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