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Listening Party: Where Would I Be Without You

Original record cover for Judy Grahn and Pat Parker's 1976 "Where Would I Be Without You"

Gabrielle Civil presents Where Would I Be Without You—a listening party for the iconic 1976 record by poets Judy Grahn and Pat Parker.

Kicking off a five-part series on poetry and friendship, this event invites the public to gather for an act of collective listening. While the record plays, participants can contribute in-time responses to a shared paper document. Gabrielle Civil will be in conversation with the esteemed Judy Grahn, and with everyone in the room, as they engage each other and the collectively written document to think about friendship, collaboration, and the shared act of listening.

This program is part of a five-part series Where Would I Be Without You? curated by Gabrielle Civil.

Books will be available for sale from Coffee House Press, Aunt Lute Books, Sinister Wisdom, and DanceNotes.


Saturday, February 10 | 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 10, 2024
7:00 pm


The Lab
2948 16th St, SF


A wheelchair lift can be accessed through the center doors of the Redstone Building (2940 16th Street). Contact SPT in advance if you will need the doors to the lift open. The Lab supports Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) through its mixing board. Each bathroom has one stall with a 35 inch clearance at the door.

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Judy Grahn

Judy Grahn is an internationally known poet, author, mythographer, and cultural theorist. Her works include seven books of nonfiction, two book-length poems, five poetry collections, a reader, and a novel. An early gay activist who walked the first picket of the White House for gay rights in 1965, she later founded Gay Women’s Liberation and the Women’s Press Collective. In 1976, she released Where Would I Be Without You? a poetry LP with her friend and fellow poet Pat Parker on Olivia records. Grahn's work tackles LGBT history and mythology, feminist critiques of current crises, what makes us human, dismantling white supremacy, and how to engage with creature-minds and spirit. She holds a Ph.D. in Integral Studies/Women’s Spirituality from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has also received numerous honors, including an American Book Award, an American Library Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Triangle Publishers established The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Literature in 1996.
Gabrielle Civil

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered over fifty performance artworks worldwide including Black Weirdo School (Pop Up Critique) (2023), the déjà vu—live (2022) and Jupiter (2021). Her performance memoirs include Swallow the Fish (2017), Experiments in Joy (2019), (ghost gestures) (2021), and the déjà vu (2022.) Her writing has also appeared in New Daughters of Africa, Bone Bouquet, Poem-a-Day, Tripwire, Kitchen Table Translation, Migrating Pedagogies and Experiments in Joy: a Workbook. A 2023 Performance Fellow at the Franconia Sculpture Park, she earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

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