Chelsea, Massachusetts , United States
|Genres||Poetry, memoir, fiction|
Michelle Tea (b. Michelle Tomasik in 1971) is an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose autobiographical works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics. She is originally from Chelsea, Massachusetts and currently lives in San Francisco. Her books, mostly memoirs, are known for their views into the queercore community. In 2012 Tea partnered with City Lights Publishers to form the Sister Spit imprint.
Spoken word and magazine writing
Tea was the co-founder of the Sister Spit spoken word tour. She has toured with the Sex Workers' Art Show alongside Ducky DooLittle and others. She is also a contributor to The Believer magazine and is the co-writer of the weekly astrology column, Double Team Psychic Dream with astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo, in the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper.
In February 2008, Michelle was the 23rd Zale Writer-in-Residence at the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute at Tulane University. She did not go to college and, in interviews, has discussed the assumption that she has studied.
While touring together in the year 2000, Tea and writer Clint Catalyst came up with the idea to solicit first-person narratives for their 2004 anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache. Described by Publishers Weekly as a "celebrat[ion of] the avant-garde," the book, which includes work by Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles reached #10 on the Los Angeles Times non-fiction paperback bestseller list in its first week of release. Moreover, the book was a 2004 Lambda Literary Awards finalist in the Anthologies/Fiction category. Indeed, her books have won a nomination in the competition virtually every year since her Valencia won for best Lesbian Fiction in 2000.
She was awarded the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize by the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in 2008.
- The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (1998) ISBN 1-57027-074-0
- Valencia (2000) ISBN 1-58005-035-2
- The Chelsea Whistle (2002) ISBN 1-58005-073-5
- The Beautiful (2003) ISBN 0-916397-89-0
- Rent Girl (2004) ISBN 0-86719-620-3
- Rose of No Man's Land (2006) ISBN 1-59692-160-9
- Transforming Community (2007) ISBN 0-9789023-4-3
- Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person (ed. with Clint Catalyst) (2004) ISBN 1-55583-753-0
- Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (ed.) (2004) ISBN 1-58005-103-0
- Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl's Writing (ed.) (2006) ISBN 0-7867-1792-0
- Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road (ed.) (2012) ISBN 0-87286-566-5
- Hellman, David (2004-04-11). "Tea leaves the East for the West to sing the body electric". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- Tea, Michelle (ed.) (2007). Baby Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing. New York: Carroll & Graf. p. [page needed]. ISBN 0-7867-1792-0.
- http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/07/03/michelle-tea-a-writers-passion/ Lambda Literary, July 3, 2012.
- "Interview with Michelle Tea". After Ellen. May 2004. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- "Contributors: Michelle Tea". The Believer. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "Zale Writer-in-Residence Program at Newcomb". Tulane.edu. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
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- Paperbacks; BESTSELLERS; LOS ANGELES TIMES LIST FOR MARCH 14, 2004, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2004 Unknown parameter
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- "13th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved February 8, 20128.
- "15th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "16th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "17th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "19th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. 2010-06-10. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- Official website
- "Sister Spit Takes Over REDCAT". The Advocate.
- "Read Local: 10 New and Forthcoming Books from City Lights". SF Weekly.
- "Michelle Tea turns a radical eye on YA in Mermaid in Chelsea Creek". Los Angeles Times.
- "Tea and Spit". OUT.