Dirty Old Women - Erotica 730pm
Older women: Wise enough to tell the truth about sex – what they want, what they've done, what makes them hot. Dirty Old Women, a monthly series at Octopus, celebrates erotic writing by self-identified older women of all flavors.
Tuesday, February 27 features Katie Gilmartin and Lynx Canon.
Gilmartin’s checkered past includes stints as a buoyant union organizer, bona fide sex researcher, and deeply engaged college professor. She attended Oberlin College and Yale Graduate School, and for over a decade taught cultural studies classes with an emphasis on the histories of gender and sexuality. On an urgent quest to relocate pleasure, Katie took a printmaking class and become utterly smitten with the medium. She gradually surrendered her academic life to assume care of Chrysalis Print Studio at SOMArts, where she teaches linocut and monotype classes. Along the way she founded City Art Cooperative Gallery, a still-thriving artspace on Valencia Street, and the Queer Ancestors Project, devoted to forging sturdy relationships between young Queer and Trans artists and their ancestors.
Katie’s prints consistently interweave the visual and the verbal. The “Queer Words” series explores the multiple meanings of Queer slang – retooled epithets, secret codes, and camp – as a record of creative resistance. Her “Pulps” are faux pulp fiction covers: art for novels she’s invented that are set in 1950s San Francisco and celebrate the city’s history. In writing blurbs for these fabricated novels, Katie engaged deeply with the aesthetics of pulp fiction and noir. Gradually, the text outgrew the prints and became an actual novel: Blackmail, My Love, an illustrated noir mystery that explores real and imagined Queer ancestors in early 1950s San Francisco. Blackmail, My Love, published by Cleis Press in 2014, won both Lambda Literary and Indiefab Book of the Year Gold awards. Her short story, “White Horse,” appears in the just-published collection Oakland Noir, edited by Jerry Thompson and Eddie Muller.
Katie is the current recipient, along with Openhouse, of a Creative Work Fund grant to honor and preserve LGBT elders' memories of tavern culture and bar raids through interviews, walking tours, and the writing of Vice Academy, a fictional account of factual taverns and raids in mid-1950s San Francisco. Amid a nation-wide crackdown on LGBT bars, San Francisco law enforcement mounted a “drive on sex deviates” that drew attention and involvement from legislators, media, the local PTA, and a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. Gilmartin is seeking LGBT elders to interview about their experiences in bar culture and raids during the 1950s and early 1960s, in the Bay Area and across the U.S.
Lynx Canon is the founder and host of Dirty Old Women. She's the author of the Alien Captives Series and editor of the Dirty Old Women Anthology. She likes to mix genres, with a healthy dose of science fiction, and her writing ranges from the sweet to the nasty.
Open mic starts at 7:30 and is open to all; featured readings begin at 8 pm. Dirty Old Women takes place on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster at 21st St, Oakland. This event is free, inclusive and accessible!