cliteratureFrom the Isle of Sappho to Djuna Barnes’ salon, throughout the history of the written word, there have been groups of women writers coming together to form communities. Today, groups of like-minded women have been meeting across the world at Do-It-Yourself (DIY) festivals like Ladyfest. Since its inception in 2000, Ladyfest has been more than simply a festival for performance; it is a gathering of independent women artists that is helping to form new women’s communities.

Cliterature is a series of interviews with 18 current-day renegade women* writers brought together for the 2004 Bay Area Ladyfest. The women of this community have a wide range of age and experience, from 21 year-old up-and-coming hip-hop artist JenRo, to well-known sexology royal Carol Queen. Their forms of expression are equally diverse, covering genres like comic books, personal narrative, spoken word, erotica, mystery novels, and punk rock.

Includes interviews with Carol Queen, Trina Robbins, Lynn Breedlove, Daphne Gottlieb, Julia Serano, Tina Butcher, Charlie Anders, Thea Hillman, Wendy O-Matik, Fern Capella, Lauren Wheeler, Sherilyn Connelly, Anonymous, Jessica Melusine, Suzy Lafollette, Charlotte Green Honigman-Smith and JenRo

*anyone who’s had the experience of being a woman