“By turns tender and heartbreaking, Gore’s book is a brave, thoroughly authentic journey to the center of the human heart. Wickedly sharp reading filled to bursting with compassion, rage, pain and wit.”—Kirkus Review
Ariel Gore is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Through her work on Hip Mama, Gore is widely credited with launching maternal feminism and the contemporary mothers’ movement. “It’s the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart,” The New Yorker noted (May, 2000).
Cultural commentator Susie Bright has called her “One of the best feminist writers of our times— perhaps the most eloquent and sensitive.”
In 2000, Working Woman magazine named Gore one of “20 Under 30” influential women in America.
Her lyrical memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, which recounts Gore’s teenage travels, was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won the LAMBDA Literary Award in 2010.
Gore’s other books include Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness; How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead; The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show; and The Hip Mama’s Survival Guide. She lives in Oakland, CA.
She has taught at The Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She currently teaches online at Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers.
Following Gore’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “mother.”
Admission for the evening is $7.