a reading performance from Joe Westmoreland’s classic novel, Tramps Like Us (2001)

Hosted by Eileen Myles and Tom Cole
Livestream: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 6pm EST

With special guests:
Brontez Purnell, Erin Kimmel, Samuel Delany, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Tony Stinkmetal, Lori E. Seid, Ryan McGinley, Johanna Fateman, Roberta Colindrez, and with music by Anohni

Technical Director: Glen Fogel
ASL Interpreters: Candace Davider and Lisa Dennett

Tramps Like Us tells a virtually unknown saga of Joe and his buddies and girlfriends on a queer journey through 70s and 80s United States. Tramps lifts the lid on that increasingly utopian analog and mystic searching party time (sweet punk psychedelia) fueled by a flight from repressive family violence dropping us off at the traumatic edge of the early AIDS crisis. Joe banishes the cliché of the 70s and 80s by telling a really deep and felt account of sex and friendship before anyone or anything told us to stop.

Video player image: Qalbee Cohee and Joe Westmoreland, Land’s End Cliffs in San Francisco, Summer ’79.
[In a grainy, high contrast black and white image, two young gay men in leather jackets are smiling as one leans over and kisses the other.]