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Naomi Graychase hosting Sister Spit Northampton Volume 2: Full Throttle

Sister Spit Northampton: Volume 3: The Charmed, I'm Sure Tour!

Mark your calendars ladies, gents and folks who defy gender. The next Sister Spit Northampton event is heading your way! Sunday, November 9th, 8pm-midnight, 21+, $5-$10 (sliding) at Harry's, corner of Pearl and Pleasant Streets. Doors: 7:30.

Featuring Anne Heaton and Jerree Small with other special guests and spanky surprises. It's fabulous, feminist fun! To join the mailing list, click here.


Who are these Sisters?

Anne Heaton is known for the infectious joy she exhibits playing live and was called "one of the finest writers and performers I've come across in years" by Chris Smith, former editor of Performing Songwriter Magazine. Heaton's debut studio album Black Notebook, which charted this Fall on CMJ at #139, is a luminous collection.. Heaton's songs are catchy, with soaring melodies boasting great emotional pull and smart lyrics.

Performing Songwriter Magazine, which recently chose Black Notebook as one of its Top 12 Independent Releases, describes Heaton's music as "alternately lush, sweet, funny and sorrowful. At times, Heaton almost sounds like Macy Gray. She switches from Midwestern high school girl for "Megan & Kevin" to Tori Amos intensity for "I Want to Fly."

She was recently featured in Us Weekly magazine, and was also chosen as a finalist in a national competition to open for Jewel on a portion of her fall tour.

Jerree Small is a new, gorgeous voice in the New England acoustic scene. She grew up in Minnesota where she released a collection of original songs entitled, Sleeping Giant, in 1998. Her second album, Mobius, was released earlier this year. She was a finalist in the 1999 Lilith Fair Talent Search and currently makes her home in Easthampton, MA.


Lenelle N. Moise's art is an open-to-the-public, personal-political investigation of the prophetic-creative potential of the Word. She is New WORLD Theater's Poetry Slam Champion, recipient of the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and a touring member of the Hen Foundation. She will perform at the event with Evelyn Harris, in a collaborative tribute to Maya Angelou, during the invocation ceremony which begins every event. This will be her second appearance at Sister Spit Northampton.

Evelyn Harris is a is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy award-winning African-American female a cappella ensemble with deep musical roots in the sacred music of the African-American church. She performed with the group for 18 years. She currently lives and works in Northampton. She will be gracing the Sister Spit Northampton stage to help us pay tribute to Maya Angelou. This will be her third appearance at Sister Spit Northampton.

[Photo by Desdemona Burgin]


Naomi Graychase is a freelance writer, poet and advocate for independent art. She is Contributing Writer at Girlfriends magazine and has more than 100 published articles to her credit. She was recently selected for inclusion in a GLBT spoken word compilation CD of New England artists, due out next year. She is co-founder of Sister Spit Northampton and will be hosting the event, as well as performing.


K. Morgan Keenan is a poet who recently moved to Northampton after leaving her publicity job at NBC in Manhattan. She has been the recipient of numerous Newhouse Writing Awards, and most recently, an Amy Award for a group of her unpublished poems. She currently lives with a temperamental bamboo plant and secretly aspires to be a mayoral stunt double for small-town community parades. She will perform during the open mic portion of the evening.

Tanya Rubins is a spoken word artist who has been slam champion at Boston's all-girl Amazon slam and was a featured artist at Sara Seinberg's monthly K'vetsh event in Boston's Chinatown. Last year, she was named Funniest Female Poet by the Cambridge Poetry Society. Her chapbook, unfinished thoughts will be available at the event. She lives in Hadley, MA.

Photo by Evie Leder

Susan Stinson's new novel, Venus of Chalk, will be published in May 2004 by Firebrand Books. She is the author of two novels, Martha Moody, Fat Girl Dances with Rocks, and of Belly Songs, a collection of poetry and lyric essays. Toronto-based Icon Magazine says: "If you ever get the opportunity to hear Susan Stinson read, run frantically and get a good seat." She makes her home in Northampton, MA.

What is Sister Spit Northampton?

Our Motto: Got something to say? Spit it out!

Our Unofficial Motto: No mean ladies.

Our Mission Statement: Sister Spit Northampton (SSN) is a collaborative effort initiated by female artists in order to bring about change, enlightenment and joy by creating a safe, positive place where independent feminist singers, poets and other artists can perform or present their art. We are part of a grassroots, do-it-yourself movement which encourages women with something to say to stand up, open wide, and spit it out.

Sister Spit Northampton is committed to promoting feminist, independent art of all kinds. We believe in diversity, opportunity and fair pay for all artists. We are queer-friendly, and we offer our stage to any independent, feminist performer who was, is, or lives as a woman.

Sister Spit Northampton was inspired by the original Sister Spit, which was invented in the mid 1990s in San Francisco by Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson. SSN is born with their blessing. You can find out more about what Sini and the original Sister Spit are up to at

February 28th, 2003
Co-founders: Antara, Naomi Graychase

Who should come?

Everyone! Yes, please. Even though we are a spit for sisters, we cordially invite every person of every gender and every perspective to come and listen and enjoy our performances and the atmosphere we create. That means men are welcome. In fact, we're thrilled to have you. Especially feminst men. There are too few of you in the world, and we want to know you--so come. And bring your feminist friends.

How do I get there?

Harry's is located on Pleasant Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. It's about two hours from Boston, three hours from New York City, and four hours from Portland, ME. To get there, find your way to Interstate 91. Take Exit 18 (either from the North or the South). Turn left off the exit onto Pleasant Street. About one mile down on your right is Harry's (it's attached to City Cafe.) If you get to a major intersection with a traffic light, you've gone too far.

If you're coming from somewhere in town, Harry's is just after the corner of Pearl Street and Pleasant, right next to City Cafe.

How do I get on the mailing list?

To join the mailing list (through Yahoo! groups) click here.

More questions? send Naomi an e-mail at


How can I perform at Sister Spit?

You or your booking agent should contact Naomi directly at

There are three ways to perform at Sister Spit:

1)As the headlining featured act (someone who tours nationally).

2)As the opener for the headlining featured act.

3) In an unpaid 5-7 minute open mic spot.

4) As part of the invocation ceremony at the beginning of the event.

All performers must be feminist women. By this we mean that you must either have been born as a woman, or live as a woman now, and you must believe that persons of all genders deserve to be treated equally. We embrace performers who are transgendered and welcome them to our stage, so long as they are feminist. We are a safe space for queer women, although women are welcome regardless of the way in which they express their sexual or romantic desires. Love is love, we say. Sex is sex. Art is art. We don't care who you screw.

Featured performers are compensated by a percentage of the door charge and by their merch sales. Performers keep 100% of their merch sales. Because our income is determined by door sales, we are unable to make guarantees, but we promote our events heavily and have a loyal following of people who support our events. Attendance averages about 150 folks.

For more detailed information about the facilities, the PA, the payment structure, our politics, or anything else, please contact Naomi Graychase via e-mail at

The open mic slots are booked before events and are open to poets, authors, musicians or performance artists. The spots are 5-7 minutes in length and are unpaid, but you are welcome to sell merch at the merch table. If you would like to get booked for an open mic spot, get in touch with Naomi at and tell her who you are and what you're up to.

We look forward to hearing from you.

I'm a member of the press and I'd like more information, an interview or to attend the event. Who should I contact?

To request a press kit, an interview or anything else, contact Naomi at Guest list requests should arrive no later than 24 hours before the event.

I'd like a copy of the video of the event. How can I get one?

That remains to be seen, but if you send Naomi an e-mail she'll let you know the latest.

Who has performed at Sister Spit Northampton?

Michelle Tea, Sara Seinberg, Arjuna Greist, Evelyn Harris, Naomi Graychase, Erika Kent, Lenelle Moise, Mary Ann Farley, Jagoda, Ember Swift (with Cheryl Reed and Lyndell Montgomery).

When is the next Sister Spit Northampton?

November 9th, 2003: Featuring Anne Heaton and Jerree Small.

January 4th, 2004

February 22nd, 2004

March 28th, 2004: Edie Carey headlines.