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Performance: Show Us Your Spines QTBIPOC Artists Showcase

A partnership with RADAR Productions and Strut San Francisco
Thursday, 10/21/2021
6:30 - 8:00

A QTBIPOC Artist Residency Showcase, sharing the work of our September artists residents, Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, Ryan Artes and Moriah Katz, with Mason J., RADAR’s Show Us Your Spines Program Manager.

SHOW US YOUR SPINES is a month-long archives residency + reading  led by RADAR Productions in collaboration with SFPL’s LGBTQIA Center (aka Hormel Center). For a month QTBIPOC writers work one-on-one with books, digital archives and QTBIPOC community members around a queer theme of their choice; writing/producing/directing pieces to be shared the following month.

This event will have ASL Interpreters.


Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a multi-award-winning Aniyunwiya interdisciplinary author and artist. Born and raised in Oregon and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, she is the author of 15 books, including many award-winning titles. She has received several writer-in-residencies around the world, including the Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK) and Paris Lit Up. Learn more about Jessica at her website,, where you will find the Emmy award-winning documentary on her life and work from Osiyo Television. Find her on IG @thischerokeerose and Twitter @cherokeeroseup

Ryan Artes is a poet, visual artist and lightworker. He started a publishing company as a landing place for his creative projects, including his first poetry chapbook, "After Midnight" Ryan seeks an expansive community of queer, brown, adoptee writers. As an emerging poet, he desires more outlets and exposure for his poetry, both in performance and publication. In his spare time, Ryan teaches zine workshops.

Moriah Katz (she/her) is a Black/Jewish writer. Her work explores the imprint of race, gender and sexuality on the human experience and can be found in Stellium Literary Magazine,, Orange Peel Literary Magazine and the Queer26. She is the current non-fiction editor at Stellium Literary Magazine and a forever lover of good food. She holds a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Engage with your favorite writers and discover your next read.

Gather, share knowledge and celebrate our unique identities at the queerest library ever. 

For more resources, the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center is the gateway to the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual history and culture, with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Attending Programs

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