Support Sister Spit

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Back in 1994 in San Francisco, Sini Anderson and Rumpus contributor Michelle Tea cofounded Sister Spit, a “a weekly, free, all-girl open mic” that challenged the status quo of the male-dominated open-mic scene.

It wasn’t long before they took the show on the road, “with shows every night in a different dive bar, art gallery, queer club, sushi restaurant, punk basement, community space throughout the USA.”

Those tours ended in 2000 but were revived in 2007 and have continued to happen once a year since.

This year, Sister Spit is hoping to get some financial support from fans so they can pay writers more than “$80 for a month of grueling, non-stop work” and rent vans that don’t end up “catching fire in Nevada or outright dying in Mississippi.”

Check out their Indiegogo page to find out how you can help bring queer, pro-woman voices to both big cities and “smaller, underserved queer populations” across the country.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →