You are invited to join us in welcoming Kerouac House Fall resident Jennifer Worley. This event is a potluck dinner, so please bring something to eat and/or drink and share.
Jennifer Worley is the author of Neon Girls: A Stripper’s Education in Protest and Power(HarperCollins, 2020), a memoir about her work as a peep-show dancer, union organizer, and instigator of the successful stripper takeover of San Francisco’s Lusty Lady Theater. For its exploration of sex, labor struggles, and feminism, Neon Girlswas named an NPR Best Book of 2020 and earned starred reviews in Kirkus and Library Journal. Jenny also authored and led a popular bicycle tour/street theater play in which audiences cycled among the sites of San Francisco’s bygone and extant red-light districts and brothels, where they watched costumed docents bring to life the secret history of San Francisco’s infamous madams, parlor girls, fan-dancers, and drag artists. Her documentary film about the project, Sex on Wheels has screened at festivals and universities worldwide. Jenny’s writing on sex work and LGBT history and literary culture has been featured in Bitch, Captive Genders, Invisible Suburbs, the Queerist, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and on PRI’s Outright Radio. Currently at work on a memoir/manifesto about women’s resistance to reproductive norms and maternal mandates, Jenny teaches English at City College of San Francisco, grows her own tomatoes, and has won prizes for writing, swimming, mechanical bull riding, and euchre.