Patricia Lee Jackson


A Memoir in Lesbian Parables

Not until nearly three decades into my life could I begin living as my complete self. My journey out of those early years from shame into pride and defiance evolved the way people often come into our own, through movements for social change.

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The Tucson Festival of Books

The two-day Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, AZ attracts more than 130,000 book-lovers

to the UA Mall for exhibits, author presentations and panel discussions.

 Save the date for 2017!  March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am – 5:30pm)

Join me at the Authors Pavilion March 12, Noon- 2PM

Copies of Takes An Uprising : A Memoir in Lesbian Parables

available at the Festival or order on line  

  Please check back for future readings and events.

Past Readings & Events

Memoir Readings from Patricia Jackson and Lorraine Grassano

In Takes an Uprising Patricia Jackson brings us her memoir which chronicles personal journeys told through the voices of activists who witnessed the cultural, social & political changes of the time, and make feminist history alive and relevant to today.Grassano’s With Vows Unspoken is the story of a woman who reunites with her first lover after 32 years, is smitten all over again, and feels compelled to fully remember and write about the unresolved past.

Women’s Second Sunday (A Women Only Event)

Sunday, July 14th at 3PM  Francis of Assisi, 145 Guerrero, San Francisco


 Openhouse Sponsored This event for women-identified persons. Openhouse:

Read page 6/7, openhouse newsletter, interview of Patricia by Emerald O’Leary.  July newsletter openhouse


Listen to KPFA FM Radio interview with Kate Rafael on Women’s Magazine, July 3, 2013

Blogger and organizer Shimaa Helmy, who was involved in the January 25 revolution in Egypt from Day One, shares her concerns about the military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi and the epidemic of sexual violence against women protesters.  Then we sit down with long-time lesbian and social justice activist Patricia Jackson to discuss her new memoir, Takes an Uprising.  And we talk with Leslie Simon of the Women’s Studies Department at San Francisco City College, about the plan to revoke the college’s accreditation and how we can stop it.

Hear Patricia as Guest ContributorAunt Lute Special Community Event on October 13, 2011

Recording of a reading of “Anti-Rape Squad #38″

Noe Valley Author’ Festival

at Noe Valley Book FestivalWord Week is celebrated annually in the neighborhood of Noe Valley in San Francisco. Readings by national bestseller writers, Lambda Literary Award winners, mystery writers, children’s author-illustrators, and meet and greets are held all week long. This year, for the first time, 40 writers from surrounding neighborhoods were invited to set up tables, meet folks, and sign their books – the date  March 23, 2013. I had just two weeks before the finished  final copy, could be sent off for printing. Following continual reassurance from my partner, Zoe, frantic phone calls, emails, checking Fedx – just 2 days before the event – I received delivery of my first book. Friends came to the festival to support me, bought books, and I made a new friend, Barbara Leff at the festival with her book of poems, And God Said…A Brief History of Creation

Salon Readings

Salon reding 2-17-13A month earlier Kristy Linn Bullini  invited me to read at her Salon from my as yet unpublished book . My friend, Lorraine Grassano, read from her book, With Vows Unspoken. Several years before I had taken a one-on-one writing class with Kristy, and her encouragement put me on the path to pull all those thoughts and stories together into an actual book. Thanks Kristy!