Speaking

Melissa Gira Grant speaking

I speak regularly on sexuality, technology, and rights to audiences worldwide, at institutions such as Duke University, the New School, Third Wave Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center, and at events including South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW), re:publica (Berlin), NEXT (Copenhagen), and the International AIDS Conference. Here’s where I’ll be next.

Events

  • Wed
    12
    Mar
    2014
    7:00 pmPowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
  • Fri
    14
    Mar
    2014
  • Sat
    15
    Mar
    2014
  • Mon
    17
    Mar
    2014
    1:00 pmBrooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY

    Panel discussion on sex work and labor issues, also including Siena Baskin (Sex Workers Project) and Catherine Murphy (Amnesty International). 

  • Wed
    19
    Mar
    2014
    7:30 pmThe Booksmith, San Francisco, CA
  • Fri
    21
    Mar
    2014
    4:00 pmCenter for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA

    Join host Siouxsie Q and author and freelance journalist Melissa Gira Grant for a special live recording of the world’s most beloved sex work podcast, Whorecast. More information. Free.

  • Sat
    22
    Mar
    2014
    8:00 pmStories Books & Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
  • Wed
    26
    Mar
    2014
    5:30 pmUniversity of Brighton, Brighton (UK)

    In conversation with Georgina Voss, hosted by The Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network (BSSN). More information. Free.

  • Thu
    27
    Mar
    2014
    6:30 pmFoyles, London (UK)

    Melissa Gira Grant in conversation with author and journalist Laurie Penny.

    More information and tickets.

  • Fri
    28
    Mar
    2014
  • Sun
    30
    Mar
    2014
  • Sun
    30
    Mar
    2014
    5:00 pmCecil Sharp House, London (UK)

    "The broadsheets brought to life." More information and tickets.

  • Mon
    31
    Mar
    2014
    6:00 pmUniversity of London Union, London (UK)

    With the English Collective of Prostitutes. More information. Free.

  • Tue
    01
    Apr
    2014
    7:00 pmUniversity of Edinburgh, Edinburgh (UK)
  • Wed
    02
    Apr
    2014
    7:00 pmUniversity of Glasgow, The Art School Bar, Glasgow (UK)
  • Wed
    09
    Apr
    2014
    6:00 pmWindmill Studios, Brooklyn, NY

    A plenary session at Theorizing the Web on the digital labor of sex work. With panelists Emma Caterine, Brian Fuss, N'jaila Rhee, and Stoya. More information. Pay-what-you-can. 

  • Thu
    10
    Apr
    2014
    7:00 pmMcNally Jackson, New York, NY
  • Thu
    17
    Apr
    2014
    7:00 pmMelville House Publishing, Brooklyn, NY

    Sarah Jaffe & Melissa Gira Grant in conversation, moderated by Jennifer Pan, in celebration of the recent release of Guillotine #6: For Love or Money. More information. Free.

  • Mon
    28
    Apr
    2014
    7:00 pm61 Local, Brooklyn NY

    I'll be discussing my new story "For the Love of Kink" at the launch of the Spring 2014 issue of Dissent, "Our Technology and Theirs." Free. More information.

  • Fri
    02
    May
    2014
    1:00 pmThe Mews, New York, NY

    I’ll be reading for Guillotine at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York at The Literary Mews. Free. More information.

     

  • Sat
    31
    May
    2014
    3:10 pmLeft Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

    Panel discussion, hosted by Dissent at Left Forum. Panel time and date to be announced. More information.

  • Sat
    31
    May
    2014
    5:00 pmLeft Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

    Panel discussion with members of the English Collective of Prostitutes at Left Forum. More information.

  • Thu
    19
    Jun
    2014
    7:30 amTheaterLab, 357 West 36th St., New York, NY

    OR Books and Chelsea Manning's supporters mark one year since she went on trial. Journalists, activists and artists (Chase Madar, Clark Stoeckley, Melissa Gira Grant, Max Thorn, Adam Klasfeld and more) who attended the trial will read from a new graphic book published this month, The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning. Free, with donations accepted for Chelsea Manning's appeal fund.

  • Tue
    08
    Jul
    2014
    12:00 pmBerkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

    The history of the American red light district is quite brief – from railroad signal lights to hotel bathroom selfies – and clouded in myth. Soon it may be lost. In this talk, journalist Melissa Gira Grant (author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work) will reconsider how communication technologies shape sex-for-sale, proposing that sex work has merged with the network. We'll surveil the police, missionaries, media, and politicians who created and command this space, and discuss what we can learn from how sex workers have remained a step ahead. Free and open to the public. RSVP.

  • Sun
    17
    Aug
    2014
    12:00 pmAlexandria, VA

    Roundtable discussion and signing as part of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit Authors' Roundtable. Registration required. More information.

  • Sat
    27
    Sep
    2014
    2:00 pmBaltimore, MD

    Melissa Gira Grant presents "Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work" at the Baltimore Book Festival, as part of The Radical Bookfair Pavilion hosted by Red Emma's. Free. More information.

  • Sun
    20
    Sep
    2015
    4:00 pm209 Joralemon St, Borough Hall Courtroom, Brooklyn, NY

    Speaking on the panel REVOLUTION AND REPRESSION: Sexuality, Gender, and Politics. with Mona Eltahawy (Headscarves and Hymens) and Thomas Page McBee (Man Alive), moderated by writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner. Details.

  • Tue
    06
    Oct
    2015
    4:00 pmYale University, St. Anthony Hall, 483 College St, New Haven CT

    Free and open to the public.

  • Mon
    12
    Oct
    2015
    7:00pm - 9:00pmThe Red Room, KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street, NY NY

    Launch for The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future, edited by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. Featuring readings by contributors Ileana Jimenez, Madeleine Schwartz, Veronica Bayetti Flores, Julie Zeilinger, Karla Shickele, Melissa Gira Grant, Victoria Law, Daniel Jose Older, Charlotte Lieberman, and more.

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    2:00—3:00pmOakland City Council Chambers, Oakland CA

    A panel discussion as part of the Oakland Book Festival. Free and open to the public. More information.

    Sex work continues to simultaneously titillate and scandalize the ever seducible bourgeoisie. But behind the peephole sensationalism and the hand-wringing is a ruthless economy and an army of workers to whom both progressives and conservatives persistently condescend. This panel will address the politics and criminalization of sex work, and the deeper socioeconomic prejudices and misconceptions that deny such labor dignity.

    ELIZABETH ALICE CLEMENT is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Utah, and a prominent scholar of prostitution and the ways it broadens our understanding of race, gender, and class.

    MELISSA GIRA GRANT is a writer covering sex, tech, and politics. Her latest book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, challenges the myths about selling sex and those who perpetuate them. She is a columnist at Pacific Standard, and her reporting has appeared in The Nation, Wired, The Guardian, Slate, Buzzfeed, and VICE.

    RAMONA NADDAFF (moderator) is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley and an editor of Zone Books. Author of Exiling the Poets: The Production of Poetry in Plato's Republic, she writes on philosophy and literature, and literary censorship.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    7:00 pmWORD, 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, New York

    Melissa is reading as part of Charlotte Shane's series, Bad Advice from Bad Women.

    Join some of NYC’s finest strident writers for a special Emily Books edition of Bad Advice From Bad Women! Featuring Lana Del Rey poet laureate Niina Pollari, unapologetic coffee and TV addict Ruth Curry, heroin bard Jade Sharma, Zappos' favorite customer Chloe Caldwell, "not cold, just a New Yorker" Melissa Gira Grant, and bleak fame scholar Natasha Stagg. Hosted by laundry loving feminist failure Charlotte Shane.

    Natasha Stagg published her first novel, Surveys, with Semiotext(e) / Native Agents this year. She is an editor and writer for several magazines in New York.

    Ruth Curry is a writer and the cofounder of Emily Books.

    Jade Sharma is a writer living in New York. Her first novel, Problems, was released in July of this year by CoffeeHouse & Emily Books. She has an MFA from the New School.

    Chloe Caldwell is the author of the novella, Women and the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray. Chloe’s next essay collection, I’ll Tell You in Person, will release fall of 2016 from CoffeeHouse & Emily Books.

    Niina Pollari is the author of Dead Horse (Birds LLC), which was named a "best independent book of the year" by Flavorpill.. She translated translated Tytti Heikkinen’s The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal, She also wrote two poetry chapbooks, both now sold out: one called Fabulous Essential (Birds of Lace 2009) and one called Book Four (Hyacinth Girl, 2012). She also organizes the annual organize the POPSICKLE Festival, a day-long Brooklyn lit fest/reading at a different, nontraditional space each year.

    Melissa Gira Grant is the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work. She's a columnist for Pacific Standard, and her reporting and commentary has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, VICE, Wired, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Dissent, among other publications.

    Charlotte Shane is an essayist and author best known for her lyric personal writing, which garnered national attention when distributed in the form of her letters, now collected in the book Prostitute Laundry. The Guardian likened her work to Charles Dickens, and Vice has called it "addictive [and] intimate." She has contributed to many outlets including Matter, The New Inquiry, Pacific Standard, and Playboy, and is a columnist for Fusion.