Against Memoir

Against Memoir


Michelle Tea is our exuberant, witty guide to the hard times and wild creativity of queer life in America. Along the way she reclaims SCUM Manifesto author Valerie Solanas as an absurdist, remembers the lives and deaths of the lesbian motorbike gang HAGS, and listens to activists at a trans protest camp.

This kaleidoscope of love and adventure also makes room for a defence of pigeons and a tale of teenage goths hustling for tips at an ice creamery in a `grimy, busted city called Chelsea'. Unsparing but unwaveringly kind, Michelle Tea reveals herself and others in unexpected and heartbreaking ways. Against Memoir is the winner of the 2019 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

Best known as writer of fiction and memoir, this is the first time Tea's journalism has been collected. Delivered with her signature candour and dark humour, Against Memoir solidifies her place as one of the leading queer writers of our time.
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Postpunk performance poet and writer Michelle Tea grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Influenced by poet Eileen Myles and photographer Nan Goldin, Tea writes narrative poetry and prose that explore issues of class, queer identity, feminism, and autobiography.

Her numerous books include the essay collection Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms (2018), for which she won the PEN / Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for Art of the Essay; Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self Through the Wisdom of the Cards (2017); the poetry collection The Beautiful: Collected Poems (2003); the novels Rose of No Man’s Land (2006) and Valencia (2000); and memoirs Rent Girl (2004), illustrated by Lauren McCubbin, The Chelsea Whistle (2002), and The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (1998).

She edited the anthologies Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road (2012), Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing (2007), Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (2004), and, with Clint Catalyst, Pills, Chills, Thrills and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person (2004).

A self-publishing advocate, Tea has won a Lambda Literary Award and was Zale Writer-in-Residence at Tulane University. Tea founded the literary nonprofit RADAR Productions and, with Sini Anderson, the spoken word tour Sister Spit. She lives in San Francisco.

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