in a river is a sight to see! She's that beautiful, and she's a smart, inventive, fun, original, folk-based musician. A singing sociologist! About to study to be a rabbi!
The first time I met Minna was at a fat feminist conference -- in Connecticut, I think -- many years ago. Everybody got very excited about her songs -- a lot of them about sailing, ships, and the water, (she's been an activist around cleaning up polluted waters) all of them emotionally complex and interesting -- and then she let folks sit in a circle with her and her guitar for hours while she played just about any song anybody asked for -- pretty amazing. We haven't spent a bunch of time together, but it's been lovely everytime we have, and she included something I said to her while we were sitting on the steps outside City Hall in one of her songs -- I mean, is that cool or what?
And even though it's been years since we've spoken, she's just offered to let me stay with her in June during BookExpoAmerica
, the big gathering for the publishing industry in Chicago. That, and the fact that my friends are helping me raise money means that I get to go. (Click the "support this artist's work" button here
if you'd like to contribute.
That's a big deal in a lot of ways. I get to go to the Lambda Literary Award dinner -- I've never been. There may be a reading, and I've never read in Chicago. And there are just tons of good things about showing up and participating in the life of the publishing industry, whether they invite me to the party, or not. I keep getting amazed about how much the far-flung community of smart, tough-minded, variously brilliant fat girls, writers and artists, radical economists and various other delicious weirdos is offering in support of getting this work out into the world.