Still Here Anthology : A collaboration with Foglifter Press & Still Here

by Jun 12, 2019Editorial, News

Still Here queer book anthology

Foglifter Press is proud to announce our collaboration with Still Here—a performance and cultural preservation project started in 2012—by publishing an anthology of non-fiction writing from LGBTQIA2S+ artists of color raised in San Francisco. This work comes at a pivotal point in the lives queer/trans people of color facing gentrification and survival in San Francisco’s ever-changing social and political landscape, exploring issues issues like queerness, coming out, AIDS/HIV, loss, intergenerational memory, legacy, ancestors, and more. We put upon this anthology as a way to celebrate the experiences of queer/trans authors and artists of this city, and Foglifter Press hopes it will become part of the repository for future queer generations.

For Still Here cover we chose Michael Tompsett’s image because its design almost invokes nostalgia—the colors, tone and a time when the Pyramid was the tallest, most iconic building—while at the same time celebrating the creativity and playfulness that still exists. The image suggests that cities never stay the same, but it doesn’t mean we can’t yearn for a bit of history.

You can preorder the book HERE.

 

Following is the press statement from Still Here:

Queer and trans people of color raised in San Francisco tell their stories in a first-of-its kind non-fiction anthology.

For queer and trans people of color born and raised in San Francisco, the challenge to have visibility is difficult, as the people and spaces most familiar are erased daily. In Still Here San Francisco: an Anthology of Queer and Trans People Raised in San Francisco, survivors of displacement and other results of gentrification and oppression find their voice and tell stories of survival. Still Here San Francisco is an annual performance and cultural documentation project that reveals the experiences of Queer/LGBTQI2S+ individuals raised in San Francisco and still living in San Francisco/the Bay Area. The annual show is one of the most popular parts of the National Queer Arts Festival each June. 

Now, in its 7th year, Still Here will publish a book of nonfiction writing in partnership with Foglifter Press. “We believe that as storytellers, poets, multimedia artists, singers, and dancers, we can contribute profound re-understanding of time and place,” says Still Here Artistic Director Natalia Vigil. “We believe it is critical to voice our complex experiences as people of color with strong San Francisco roots and we understand that we have made profound contributions to San Francisco.” 

Still Here Anthology contributor Prado G. notes, “Still Here reminds me that not only does San Francisco leave its mark on us, but we also leave our mark, our impression, our influence on San Francisco. It shaped us, it shapes us, but we also shape it.”

“Through this anthology we claim our visibility as queer/trans people of color raised in San Francisco,” says Vigil. “We exist. We are visible. We emerge. We own our stories. We tell them in our own voices. And, as always, we survive.”

 


Still Here San Francisco: an Anthology of Queer and Trans People Raised in San Francisco will launch during the Queer Arts Festival on June 22nd, 2019. Celebrate with us on that night with readings from the anthology, performances, food, drink, and music by LA FEMME PAPI. 

 

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