Congratulations to Michelle Tea, RADAR Productions: www.radarproductions.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!
Here’s what Cooper has to say about this fearless individual and organization:
“Self-taught writer Michelle Tea has been changing lives for twenty years, first as a writer who organized queer/women friendly open mics in the Mission District in the early 1990s, then with bringing queer writers around the country with Sister Spit, now with RADAR Production, which helps support underrepresented writers and fosters creative discourse of queer lived experiences. Michelle Tea is a San Francisco and National Treasure!”
A little more info:
“RADAR’s Artistic Director Michelle Tea founded RADAR Productions in 2003. In 1994, she co-founded the legendary and long-running Sister Spit all-female open mics; from 1997 to 2000, Tea conducted several national tours by Sister Spit that called attention to the City’s emerging lesbian artists, who performed to sold-out houses across America. Tea has published four memoirs, including the award-winning Valencia, recently adapted into a feature length film shot by 21 independent filmmakers as an epic, collaborative film-arts project; the novel Rose of No Man’s Land, and the poetry collection The Beautiful. She has edited anthologies on topics such female working-class experience (Without a Net), personal narrative (Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache), feminist explorations of fashion (It’s So You), and young queer-female literature (Baby, Remember My Name). Her writing has been selected for the collections Best Music Writing, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Outlaw Bible of American Essays, Best American Erotica, The Aunt Lute Anthology of US Women Writers, and many others. Her first YA novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek was published in 2013 by McSweeney’s.
RADAR Productions is a San Francisco-based non-profit that produces literary happenings around the Bay Area and beyond.
Founded in 2003 by writer Michelle Tea, RADAR conducts presenting, commissioning, publishing, professional development and touring programs that stimulate the production of queer and underground literature and heighten San Francisco’s reputation as a national literary center.
RADAR gives voice to innovative queer and outsider writers and artists whose work authentically reflects the LGBTQA community’s diverse experiences.”