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November 25, 2016, at Teatro Paraguas

From Nature’s Gasp: a reading featuring John High, Lauren Camp, Anne Valley-Fox, Lise Goett, Emily Stern, Mya G., and co-hosted by John Casquarelli and Noah G. Simpson.

February 18, 2017 at Casa Libre en la Solana

Reading with Emily Stern and Liz Latty


When Doves Cry, a memoir

Represented by Jet Literary

“At once heartbreaking and exhilarating, vulnerable and wise, Emily Stern’s debut memoir excavates layers of personal, familial, and societal trauma with raw candor. Stern conjures the violence and splendor of growing up wild and wanting in a 1980s/’90s landscape of Reagan and rage, hair dye and heartache, Doc Martens and doctor’s visits. By illuminating the intimacy of brutality with a casual intensity, When Doves Cry shows us the dangerous route to compassion.”

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The End of San Francisco




“Emily Stern’s extraordinary memoir, “When Doves Cry,” evokes an era of drugs, sex, suicide, abuse, music, and the first awareness of HIV/AID’s in the ‘80’s through Stern’s powerful and vulnerable voice as an adolescent/teenager. It’s a masterpiece of writing without embellishment, both hypnotic and heartbreaking. This is one book you won’t stop reading. Unforgettable and necessary!”

Meg Tuite, author of “Bound By Blue”


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“Emily’s acute telling of her mother’s unresolved life, brings the reader to the heat of 1980’s Bohemian Chicago when freedom and chaos easily became confused. Those who lived had time to sort things out, the others left us behind to do their work. When Doves Cry is an expression of that deep kind of love where we face the conflicts our most adored were unable to confront. Readers will be enriched by the result.”

Sarah Schulman, author of The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, Rat Bohemia, and co-produced UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP.


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Read an excerpt of When Doves Cry in Entropy Magazine

Meg Tuite interviews Emily Stern on Connotation Press

StoryCorps interview between Byron Aspaas and Emily Stern about Emily’s memoir, When Doves Cry, and her mother’s death from complications of AIDS in 1993.

Listen to it here:



Women Who Inspire

The Tattooed Poets Project

Never Forget

Yucca Blooming in The Portland Review. Buy a copy here.

Bizarro anthology Fireside Popsicles—read more about it here.