Daphne Gottlieb

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Daphne Gottlieb is a lesbian San Francisco-based performance poet.

She is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant-Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.[1] Critics have praised her work as "fierce," "unapologetic," "scorching"[2] and "deliriously gutsy."[3] She is the author of 10 books in print: 5 books of poetry, 1 nonfiction book, 1 graphic novel, 1 book of short stories, and 2 anthologies. She has been widely published in journals including Utne Reader, Tikkun, nerve.com, mcsweeney’s.net, Exquisite Corpse and Instant City. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies including Don't Forget to Write! (826 Valencia Books, 2005), Red Light: Saints, Sinners and Sluts (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005), With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (Arsenal Pulp, 2005) and Short Fuse: A Contemporary Anthology of Global Performance Poetry (Ratapallax, 2003). She is also the cover girl on San Francisco Noir (Akashic Books, 2005).

Besides anchoring three national performance poetry tours, featuring with Maggie Estep, Hal Sirowitz and Lydia Lunch, Gottlieb has also appeared across the country with the Slam America bus tour and with notorious all-girl wordsters Sister Spit. She has performed at festivals coast-to-coast, including South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, and Ladyfest Bay Area.

Until 2006, she served as the poetry editor of the online LGBT literary magazine Lodestar Quarterly. She was a co-organizer of ForWord Girls, the first spoken word festival for anyone who is, has been or will be a girl, which was held in September 2002.

Gottlieb has taught at Mills College, California Institute of Integral Studies, New College of California, and has also performed and taught creative writing workshops around the country, from high schools and colleges to community centers. She received her MFA from Mills College.




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  1. ^ Karp, Evan (2015-07-16). "The Write Stuff: Daphne Gottlieb on Aiming Higher and Showing You the Blade of a Rib". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  2. ^ McNabb, Kim (2001-07-18). "Scorched Earth". Chicago Free Press. 
  3. ^ Ogburn, Carolyn (September 2001). "Also New to the Shelves". Girlfriends. 

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