Do you still play the drums?

The backstory of how Spitboy formed and its members met; what Michelle is currently working on musically (hint: still punk rock, but this time with a band of professors); and Michelle talks about writing her new book Spitboy Rule and the power of looking back on her early punk rock life with maturity and wisdom.

About the speaker

Michelle Cruz Gonzales, drummer and lyricist of the all-woman punk band, Spitboy (1990-1995), featured in Green Day’s Turn It Around: Story of East Bay Punk, is the author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band. She is also an English professor at Las Positas College where she specializes in ethnic and dystopian literature, and teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. In addition to the Spitboy Rule on PM Press, she has published in magazines, anthologies, and most recently at Latino Rebels where she asserted that Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is largely plagiarized from the 2002 Latina penned film, Real Women Have Curves.

Currently, Michelle is at work on a satirical novel about forced intermarriage between whites and Mexicans for the purpose of creating a race of beautiful, intelligent, hardworking people. She lives with her husband, son, and their three Mexican dogs in Oakland, California. She tweets from @XicanaBrava.

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