Described as "startlingly bold and provocative" by Howard Zinn, "a
cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda” by
the Austin Chronicle, and “a gender-fucking tower of pure pulsing
purple fabulous” by The Stranger, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is most recently the
author of a memoir, The End of San Francisco, winner of a 2014 Lambda Literary Award.
She's also the editor
of Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to
Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (AK Press 2012), an American Library Association Stonewall
Honor Book and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
Mattilda is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (City Lights 2008) and Pulling Taffy (Suspect Thoughts 2003). She is
the editor of four additional nonfiction anthologies, Nobody Passes:
Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal 2007), That’s
Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull
2004; 2008), Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving (Haworth
2004), and Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write about Their Clients (Haworth 2000), which now also appears in Italian (Effepi Libri 2007).
Mattilda is currently finishing a third novel, Sketchtasy.
Mattilda’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Time Out New York, Utne Reader, AlterNet, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bitch, Bookslut, and The Stranger.
Mattilda is a columnist and the reviews editor at the feminist
Mattilda made a short film, All That Sheltering Emptiness, in
collaboration with Gina Carducci. The film premiered in 2010, and has
screened around the world. Mattilda and Gina are currently working on
a second film.
Mattilda created Lostmissing, a public art project about the friend
who will always be there, and what happens when you lose that
Mattilda’s activism has included ACT UP in the early ‘90s, Fed Up Queers in the late ‘90s, Gay Shame, and numerous lesser-known (or even unnamed) groups.
Mattilda lives in Seattle, Washington, but tours regularly, and is
available for bookings. In the past, she has appeared in independent
bookstores, community centers, performance venues and universities
from Yale to Evergreen, UCLA to Harvard to Mills to McGill.
Mattilda loves feedback, so contact her, okay?
You can also check in on her blog. And, Mattilda is now on Twitter…