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UnderCover Reads

Here’s the lineup this Saturday night. See my events page for time and place.

Tales from Outriders, OutWriters, and Outliers

brought to you by Cleis Press, presenting “some of the smartest and dirtiest minds of our generation”

Adrian Brooks (moderator) is an American writer and activist who’s been the vanguard of progressive political, spiritual and social movements since the 1960s. An international traveler, poet, performer, playwright, painter and designer, he is, also, a novelist and nonfiction writer. In 1968, he volunteered for Martin Luther King in Washington, DC, and he organized what may have been the first public gay poetry reading in 1974. Brooks is the author of Flights of Angels: My Life with the Angels of Light, and is currently working on an anthology about LGBT activism, American Queer, that will be published by Cleis in May of next year.

Dr. Carol Queen is a writer, speaker, educator and activist with a doctorate in sexology. First as an organizer in the lesbian/gay community, where she helped found one of the first gay youth groups in the United States, and later in the emerging international bisexual community, as a sex worker and a practitioner of alternative sexualities, she typically teaches and writes from her own experience and that of her communities. Her books from Cleis Press include Pomosexuals, Real Live Nude Girl, and Switch Hitters. She lives in San Francisco, where she is the Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist. Find her online at

Katie Gilmartin received a Ph.D. in cultural studies from Yale, with an emphasis in queer history. After teaching the history of sexuality and queer studies for a decade at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of California, Berkeley, and The New College, she became a printmaker. Her prior publications are academic essays based on interviews she conducted with lesbians about their lives in the 1940s and 1950s. Blackmail My Love: A Murder Mystery, out now with Cleis Press, is her first work of fiction. Gilmartin lives in San Francisco.

Pam Rosenthal penned the erotic classics Carrie’s Story and Safe Word as her alter ego and evil twin, Molly Weatherfield. The novels follow a highly literate bike messenger named Carrie and a moody, gorgeous control freak named Jonathan. Combining kinky, graphic sexuality with smartass introspection, the books have picked up a cult following since the mid-90s. A prolific romance and erotica writer, Pam has penned many sexy, literate, historical novels. She is a native New Yorker—born in Brooklyn and proud of it—and now lives in San Francisco.

Rose Caraway is a native Northern California Writer, Editor, Narrator, and Podcaster on the hit shows “The Kiss Me Quick’s” ( Erotica Podcast and “The Sexy Librarian Blog-cast”, ( The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica is her first ever Cleis Press collection, and is available in stores now. Although her specialty is erotic fiction, she also has a passion for writing suspense, horror, fantasy, and romance works. In addition to writing, Rose’s other passions revolve around keeping an active lifestyle, and a deep love of music and its many incarnations. If you would like to get in touch with her, just search Rose Caraway in Facebook, Twitter and most other social media sites.

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