Gina is looking for work! Read on…
1) Just spreading the word about Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, tomorrow and in general. Current & former sex work-ing folks in the Bay Area: Come write with us this Saturday, March 8th! Everyone else — please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested.
2) I am looking for work, and I would love your assistance in finding my next dream job. I’d also be much obliged if you’d throw some love & money the way of St. James Infirmary. Read below for more details…
<3 & happy March!
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SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP
* Saturday, March 8th, 2-4pm.
* Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street at the corner of Grace Alley (between 10th
Streets) in San Francisco. We’re close to both Civic Center BART & Van Ness MUNI, and are also accessible by the 9-San Bruno, 12-Folsom, 14-Mission, 19-Polk, 47-Van Ness, & 49-Mission/Van Ness MUNI bus lines, among others.
* Sliding scale $10-$20. (More if you can, less if you can’t, nobody turned away
— if you’re broke you should still come write with us!)
* Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries.
* TENTATIVE 2014 Schedule: The second Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm. March 8th, April 12th, May 10th, June 14th, July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, December 13th.
This is a writing workshop for current and former sex workers to share their writing and get honest, non-judgmental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed. This is a place where people can write and share about their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves or explain every detail. Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned wordsmiths.
Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop is all-genders. We define the term “sex worker” broadly, as people who have exchanged erotic labor for money/food/shelter/things that we need, including but not limited to:
+Street and Survival Sex Workers
+Escorts and Personal Companions
+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers
+BDSM workers; pro-dom/mes, subs, and switches
+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys
+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers
+Phone Sex Operators
+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!
(If we’re forgetting your area of the industry in this definition, tell us!)
** Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org
** Disability accessibility info in detail here
** Speaking of accessibility: While we can’t 100% guarantee a scent-free space, we ask that all attendees please
refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that workshop members with chemical sensitivities can attend.
** We ask that our non-sex worker friends, lovers, partners, allies, and clients respect that this space is FOR SEX WORKERS ONLY.
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Gina de Vries founded Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop in 2008. Her work has been widely anthologized over the past decade (publications include Baby Remember My Name, That’s Revolting, Take Me There, Coming & Crying,
and Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?
, among others). Ze’s taught writing workshops and performed everywhere from the Ivy Leagues to chapels to living rooms to leather bar backrooms. She is also the founder and co-curator of Girl Talk
, a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between trans women, cis women, and genderqueer people. Ze holds an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She’s currently at work on How To Have A Body
, a book about, well, how to have a body. Find out lots
more at ginadevries.com
, and keep track of hir on the daily at howtohaveabody.tumblr.com
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Hello friends, fans, comrades, & co-conspirators,
I’m writing with some very big news: I’m leaving my job as Development Coordinator at St. James Infirmary as of March 10th, and I’m looking for work.
Working with St. James since 2010 has been an amazing experience. My position at St. James has been one of the best and most rewarding jobs I have ever had. I love everyone at the clinic, and I’m very sad to be leaving.
The funding climate for organizations led by and for current and former sex workers with a harm reduction approach is always a little shaky. We do life-saving work at St. James, day-in, day-out, and we do it on an extremely modest budget. 2013 and 2014 have been especially difficult funding years for the clinic. My job loss (and that of several of my co-workers) are the casualties of extremely difficult budget decisions that no one wanted to make.
Point being: If you’ve ever been moved to donate time, energy, and money (especially, especially money) to the clinic, now is a fabulous time to do so. I would be very gratified if my last act as Development Coordinator is to bring in a few more bucks for the clinic before I leave.
Please consider making a donation to St. James, in my name or otherwise. No amount is too small (or too large!).
Now, for the other part of this note: I’m looking for a day job in the Bay Area, and for gigs on the college and community center workshop, performance, and lecture circuit.
Broadly, I’m looking for positions in writing and editing (including development writing and development management), and teaching creative writing. I am open to part-time positions and part-time freelance contracts (either on-site or at home), but the more hours per week in a part-time contract or position, the better for me. Clips, work samples, a CV, and references are all available upon request.
I would especially love to land a full-time job in one of the areas listed above either 1) in San Francisco, or 2) elsewhere in the Bay Area within reasonable public transit commuting distance of The Mission District, or 3) with the option of working from home/telecommuting. That said, if you see something awesome that screams “GINA!” at you outside of the Bay Area, please do send it along. I’m trying to keep all of my work options open right now.
For more specific and detailed information about what I do, take a peek below my signature line. Please feel free to forward this note around, too.
<3 & many thanks,
ginadevries.com (under reconstruction, but coming back soon!)