Whipping Girl Second Edition release, plus March tour dates!
julia update - february 2016
in this update:

1) Whipping Girl 2nd edition is here!
2) March 2016 tour dates (including Sister Spit)!
3) new writings and web updates!
4) two brand new books coming later this year!

Hello! A lot is going on with me in the next month, so I'm just going to get right to it:

1) Whipping Girl second edition is here!
While not officially released until March 8th, copies of the second edition of my first book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, are starting to become available (in fact, I just received my author copies!)! While it's pretty much the same book on the inside (with a few small clarifying changes), it has a brand new Preface that discusses how the book originally came to be, plus my thoughts on various new developments in transgender politics since the book was first released in 2007. Also, as you can see from the picture to the right, it has a snazzy new cover!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, here are some potentially helpful links:

It appears that both Amazon and Portland's independent bookstore Powell's have the book in stock for immediate online orders. Alternatively, the book can be pre-ordered online at the Philly-based LGBTQ bookstore Giovanni’s Room and the Chicago feminist bookstore Women and Children First. You can also use Indie Bound to find brick-and-mortar independent bookstores near you that are or will be carrying the book.

2) March 2016 tour dates (including Sister Spit)!
I will be speaking & performing all over the place in March:

If you are (or will be) in the San Francisco Bay Area, I will be speaking at the GLBT Historical Museum (4127 18th St., San Francisco) on March 10th, 7-9pm. I will be discussing the last decade in transgender activism and reading from the new preface (discussed above) of Whipping Girl 2nd edition (books will be available for purchase & signing if you wish). $5 donation suggested; event free for museum members. More details here.

I will also be speaking at the following colleges this upcoming month:
  • March 1st, I will be speaking at the “Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Critical Conversations” conference at Webster University, 12:15pm, 470 East Lockwood, St. Louis, MO. (Note: this event is for conference attendees; details about the conference & registration can be found here)
  • March 3rd, I will be speaking at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, 5pm at The Theater, Dreyfus University Center (1015 Reserve St., Stevens Point, WI).
  • March 22nd, I will be at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) giving the Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society, 6pm at the Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room (310 25th Avenue South Nashville, TN).
More details about all these speaking engagements may be found my events page. If you are interested in booking me for an event on your college campus, please consult my booking page.

Finally, I am excited to be touring with the legendary performance/spoken word ensemble Sister Spit in late March! Other artists include Jezebel Delilah X, Denise Benavides, Cassie J. Sneider, Virgie Tovar, Nikki Darling and Juliana Delgado Lopera, plus special guests at some of the events. Unfortunately, I will miss the first leg of the tour, but I will be performing with them at the following shows:

March 26 -- at SF Oasis, San Francisco, CA. 6:30pm.
March 27 -- at Peeves Public House, Fresno, CA, 6pm.
March 29 -- at UC Riverside, panel 1-3pm, show 7-9pm.
March 30 -- at MADE in Long Beach, CA, 7pm.
March 31 -- at Weird Sister in Los Angeles, CA, 6pm.

I hope you can make one or some of these dates!

3) new writings and web updates!
So I have recently updated my entire website, including adding a number of new writings and releases to my writings webpage. These include anthology contributions to Her Own Accord and Políticas Trans (more info via links). It also includes my recent blogpost Placing Ken Zucker's clinic in historical context, which addresses oversights in a recent NY Mag article about the closing of Zucker's clinic.

And speaking of new writings...
4) two brand new books coming later this year!
While my next month or two are committed to getting the word out about Whipping Girl second edition plus all my aforementioned speaking and performance engagements, shortly after that I will turn my focus to releasing not one, but *two* new books!

In my last update, I mentioned that one of these books will be Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism. It is a compilation of forty-eight of my previously unpublished and/or difficult to find trans-themed writings from 2002-2014. It includes many of my early slam poems and spoken word pieces, essays and manifestos written contemporaneously with my previous books Whipping Girl and Excluded, plus some of my recent work addressing differences within trans communities and activism. The pieces are augmented with introductions and interludes that contextualize the issues at hand and these previous periods in transgender activism. Right now, it looks like the book will "drop" sometime in May or June -- when it does, you'll hear about it first here! 

The second book to watch out for will be General Surgery & Surgeons General: a Kat Cataclysm chapbook. As I mentioned in my last update, Kat Catclysm serves as both a pen name for some of the fiction I have been working on, but she is also a character in her own right: a bisexual & ethically non-monogamous absurdist short fiction writer and recovering slam poet who has a somewhat silly and surreal take on the world. I am about halfway done writing the first Kat Cataclysm novel (entitled 99 Erics). Since that is still a ways off, I've created this modest forty-one-page chapbook containing a potpourri of Kat's short stories, slam poems, and whimsical musings, plus a few excerpt chapters from 99 Erics. (If you're interested, you can also view a video of me reading an excerpt from 99 Erics at Radar last year; performance starts 3 minutes in).

Anyway, both of these books will be released fairly soon on my own imprint Switch Hitter Press -- once again, all the relevant info will be provided in future email updates, so stay tuned!

That's it for now. And remember, between updates, you can always check out:
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