“Some things you lose, some things you give away”*
African American Art and Culture Complex
Discipline: Performance, Spoken Word and Multimedia
What remains after loss? Ghost mentors, lost spaces, immigrants, hippies, San Francisco, sperm, evictions, and ex-lesbians. Cooper Lee Bombardier, Natalia Vigil, Celeste Chan, Regie Cabico and Heather Gold present multimedia performances on queer lives, loss, healing, and change.
*Lyrics: Good Things by Sleater-Kinney
Regie Cabico is a pioneer of the spoken word and the first openly queer and Asian Slam Poet to take top prizes in the 1993, 1994 and 1997 National Poetry Slams. He is a former Nuyorican Poets Grand Slam Champion. He co-edited Flicker & Spark: A Contemporary Anthology of Queer Poetry and Spoken Word which was nominated for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Television appearances include HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. He received a 2006 New York Innovative Theater Award as part of the New York Neo-Futurist’s Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. His latest solo play, Godiva Dates and One Night Stands, received critical acclaim at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. He performs his unique blend of poetry, stand up comedy and theater throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
Celeste Chan is a queer artist, writer, and organizer, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. She is a Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA fellow – and recent Sister Spit alum. Her writing can be found in AWAY, Citron Review, cream city review’s genrequeer folio, Foglifter, Mixed Race/Queer and Feminist, and the Glitter & Grit Anthology. Celeste collaborates and creates to amplify marginalized voices. She co-founded Queer Rebels, a queer and trans people of color arts project. They have toured films nationally, and screened work internationally at GLITCH festival, Entzaubert, Queeristan, What’s Your Flavor, and beyond. She’s a contributing editor for Foglifter, a new literary journal of queer form & content. A lifelong student of alternative education, she created a Queer Rebels series called Writing Rainbow: A QTPOC FREE SCHOOL; she also served as student-teacher in DIY Art School. This summer, she’ll begin production on ART Heart, a documentary about riot grrrl’s subcultural lineage (with Elliat Graney-Saucke). www.celestechan.com
Natalia M. Vigil is a queer Chicana writer, multi-media curator, and big sister born and raised in San Francisco. Her multi genre writing arises from the voices and stories of the people around her. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and shows around the Bay Area. She is a proud 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow, VONA alumni, and co-founder of Still Here San Francisco a performance and community dialogue project amplifying the experiences of queer and trans people raised in S.F.
Heather Gold is a writer/performer whom boingboing calls ‘brilliant’ and ‘one of our favourite comedians.’ Law school and feminist organizing drove her to comedy after studying at the Groundlings and she became part of Apple’s group at the forefront of webcasting. Mixing these varied influences, Heather began applying interactive elements to live performance and has since made over 50,000 cookies with ‘audiences’ and guests like Lisa Kron in her hit solo show “I Look Like An Egg, but I Identify As A Cookie.” Other highlights include her interactive piece The Law Project at Dixon Place and consulting on the Emmy-nominated web series The Future Starts Here. Heather performs, speaks and teaches about tummeling: scaled conversation, emotion and creating genuine connection in a networked world in media like CBC and NPR and venues and companies like Ars Nova in NY, Shotgun Players, SF Sketchfest, Finland’s YLE, Google, and SXSW. Heather has performed and guest lectured at many schools including the University of Michigan and Stanford. She is a Fellow at the Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.
Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist from the South Shore of Boston. He has been a construction worker, a cook, a carpenter, a union stagehand, a bouncer, a welder, a shop steward, a dishwasher, a truck driver, and a housepainter, among other things, for a paycheck. His writing appears in many publications and anthologies, such as The Kenyon Review, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, and The Rumpus; and recently in the anthology The Remedy–Essays on Queer Health Issues, (ed. Zena Sharman) from Arsenal Pulp Press, which is short-listed for a Lambda Literary Award. In 2014 the Huffington Post named him as one of “10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing The Landscape Of Contemporary Art.” His visual art was recently curated in an exhibition called “Intersectionality” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, and hung recently in shows at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM, the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, and at Helltown Workshop in Provincetown, MA. His visual work has been recently published in the journals Faggot Dinosaur and CutBank. A veteran of the original Sister Spit tours, he’s performed, lectured, and exhibited art across North America. He has received fellowships from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Lambda Literary Foundation, and RADAR Labs. Cooper Lee has taught writing at the University of Portland, Clark College, Portland State University, and at various Portland-area high schools as a writer-in-residence through Literary Art’s program Writers in The Schools. Visit him on over at www.cooperleebombardier.com FB: cooperfrickinleee Twitter: @CooperLeeB IG: cooperleebomb