September 23, 2018

4:00 pm


Rough Draft Bar and Books

82 John Street, Kingston, NY 12401


Join the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center and Rough Draft Bar & Books for a literary salon with Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón, author of Graffiti Grrlz, and Julia Tulke from the University of Rochester.

Food, drinks, and copies of Graffiti Grrlz will be available for purchase.


About Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón:
Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz. She is an interdisciplinary queer Latina feminist performance studies scholar interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Studies, Visual Art and Performance Studies, Subcultural Studies, Latinx Studies, Black Studies, and the Digital Humanities. She published her first book, Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora, with NYU Press in June 2018. Featured in Bitch Magazine’s Bitchreads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read In June, Graffiti Grrlz is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary transnational feminist ethnography that examines how “graffiti grrlz” negotiate their place within a heterosexist male-dominated subculture. She tweets @justjess_phd and blogs at

About Julia Tulke:
Julia Tulke is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, NY. Located at the intersection of visual culture, urban studies, and social movement theory, her work focuses on graffiti and street art as performative mediums of expression and dissent. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Athens, Greece and is an active organizer of the annual Wall/Therapy street art festival in Rochester.

“In her groundbreaking book, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies professor, Dr. Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón, explores how the graffiti subculture has been coded as male…Her dedication to detail and thoroughly researching is evident throughout the book. She explores over 100 women artists in 23 countries and makes a compelling case that graffiti subculture is a place where feminists come into their own.”
—Bitch Media

“Throughout Graffiti Grrlz, the author convincingly advances both feminism and graffiti as positive and vital social and political forces. Pabón-Colón’s work is a rich tribute to the grrls whose voices are too often silenced and a gift to all of us who love graffiti, perhaps the most significant art movement of our time.”
—StreetArt NYC

“Graffiti Grrlz will change the way we think about women’s involvement in Hip Hop culture and the way we think about feminist movements. Graffiti Grrlzgives us a part of the story we didn’t know we were waiting for and we didn’t know how much we needed. Powerful stuff, the prose takes shape like a fly graffiti backdrop and paints a picture that perfectly captures the work these women put in. Graffiti Grrlz is groundbreaking and game-changing scholarship that answers the question, where my grrlz at, with a powerful and provocative right here. This is a must read for anyone interested in Hip Hop Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.”
—Gwendolyn D. Pough, Author of Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere