This Saturday Nov. 12th 7pm, Cris Mazza and Gina Frangello

Men Undressed: Women Writers on the Male Sexual Experience

This week we have two editors (and successful writers in their own right) of the anthology Men Undressed: Women Writers on the Male Sexual ExperienceCris Mazza and Gina Frangello.

Cris Mazza

Cris Mazza has authored sixteen books, most recently Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, a novel.  Her other fiction titles include Waterbaby, Trickle-Down Timeline, and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?  In 1995 & 1996, Mazza was co-editor for the original Chick-Lit anthologies: Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, and Chick-Lit 2: No Chick Vics.  In 2006, her essay “Who’s Laughing Now: Chick Lit and the Perversion of a Genre,” explaining the co-opting and corrosion of the title, appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine.  In addition to fiction, Mazza also has published a memoir, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian, and has another hybrid memoir, Something Wrong With Her, forthcoming from Jadid Ibis Press.  A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County.  She currently lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She can be found online at


Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: My Sister’s Continent; Slut Lullabies, a ForeWord magazine finalist for 2010’s Best Book of the Year; and A Life in Men, forthcoming from Algonquin Books in 2013.  The longtime editor of the literary magazine, Other Voices, she now serves as the Executive Editor of its book imprint, Other Voices Books, which she co-founded in 2004.  She is also the Fiction Editor of the popular online literary collective, The Nervous Breakdown. She can be found online at


Books will be for sale, so bring cash. Bring your appetite for tamales and tinga!