Cat Fitzpatrick, Sophia Shalmiyev, Michelle Tea

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With a guest introduction by Erin Markey.

Photo credit: Julieta Salgado

Cat Fitzpatrick

Cat Fitzpatrick teaches at Rutgers University–Newark. She wrote the book of poems Glamourpuss and co-edited the Stonewall-Award-winning anthology Meanwhile Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She is currently working on a verse novel in Onegin stanzas about trans women making terrible choices. This is a topic she knows a fair bit about.

Sophia Shalmiyev

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to NYC in 1990. She is an MFA graduate of Portland State University with a second master’s degree in creative arts therapy from the School of Visual Arts. Sophia is a feminist writer and painter and lives in Portland with her two children. Mother Winter is her first book. Visit her website at for more.

Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, memoir, fiction, tarot how-too, children’s picture books and young adult fantasy. Her most recent, the essay collection Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions and Criticisms, was longlisted for the 2019 PEN/Diamonstein-Speilvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She is the creator of the international phenomenon Drag Queen Story Hour, the online parenting zine Mutha, the long-running performance tour Sister Spit, and the Sister Spit Books series for City Lights. She currently curates the queer Amethyst Editions imprint at The Feminist Press, and co-curates and co-hosts JOSH, a monthly comedy house party, with the writer Tara Jepsen, in Los Angeles.

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