Valencia (novel)

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Author Michelle Tea
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Seal Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 216 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 1-58005-238-X

Valencia is a 2000 Lambda Literary Award-winning[1] novel by Michelle Tea. It is an autobiographical and picaresque detailing the narrator's experiences in San Francisco's queer subculture. It includes experimentation with consensual sado-masochism after the author meets Petra, a knife-wielder; as well as Willa, a tormented poet; and Iris, a young butch who escaped from a repressive southern upbringing to San Francisco.[2]

Film adaptation[edit]

During 2011, Valencia was adapted into an arthouse film, with twenty-one different lesbian and queer directors enlisted to film each of the book's twenty-one chapters within a series of short film segments. They include Cheryl Dunye, Courtney Trouble, trans film maker Amos Mac, documentarian Hilary Goldberg and others.[3] The film premiered at the Frameline Film Festival in May 2013.[4]


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  2. ^ Michelle Tea: Valencia: Seattle: Seal Press: 2001: back cover
  3. ^ Kristin Smith: "Valencia Reimagined" Curve: November 2011: 74-75
  4. ^ "Film Based On Michelle Tea's 'Valencia' Premiering At Frameline". SFist, May 9, 2013.