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Beth Lisick at Mills College

Posted by novoscene on September 18, 2007

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I remember the first time I read about the book “Monkey Girl” by this newish, hottish, kick ass spoken word girl poet from San Francisco named Beth Lisick. It was 1998 and I was stuck behind the library information desk in good ol’ Portsmouth VA. Of course neither our library, or any library in the entire state (capital of the confedercy that it is) carried the collection of tripped out short stories, so I was forced to spend the next month calling every library up and down the east coast trying to get a loner-


“Hello, West Bumfuck Central Library”
“Hi I’m wondering if you’ve got a copy of Monkey Girl by Beth Lisick?”
“Monkey what? Oh you should talk to someone in Zoology.”
“No it’s a book of short stories.”
“Short Monkey’s? That doesn’t ring a bell”
“No they’re stories.”
“Stories about short Monkeys? Why would you want something like that?’


Needless to say, when I got the book (Thank you Boston Public!) I carried that fucker around for months like a talisman against the southern religious right. Like her poetry, Lisick’s stories, and the essays found in “Everybody Into the Pool” (ReganBooks 2005) sing with an off kilter suburban voice. Like the characters in her stories, she’s a chick that never quite fit in but had a lot of fun figuring things out along the way.


For the past five years, Lisick has co-organized the Porchlight Storytelling Series, a monthly storytelling series in San Francisco and she reads tonight as part of Mills College Contemporary Writers Series. The event should be a good time for all. Maybe she’ll even sign my library book.


Contemporary Writers Series: Beth Lisick
Sept. 18, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mills Hall Living Room
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613


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