Michelle Tea

Current Fellow

Fellow: Awarded 2021

Field of Study: General Nonfiction

Competition: US & Canada

Michelle Tea is the other of over a dozen books, including the cult-classic Valencia, the illustrated Rent Girl, and the speculative memoir Black Wave. She is the recipient of awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, PEN/America, and other institutions. Her memoir Knocking Myself Up was recently acquired by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Tea's cultural interventions include brainstorming the international phenomenon Drag Queen Story Hour, co-creating the Sister Spit queer literary performance tours, and occupying the role of Founding Director at RADAR Productions, a Bay Area literary organization, for over a decade. She also helmed the imprints Sister Spit Books at City Lights Publishers, and Amethyst Editions at The Feminist Press. She produces and hosts Your Magic, a Spotify original podcast wherein which she reads tarot cards for Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee, Phoebe Bridgers and other artists.

Photo Credit: Jenny Westerhoff