Sunday, September 5, 2010

Introducing Joey Plaster

Joey Plaster is an independent public historian, radio producer, and freelance journalist living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joey is the recipient of the 2010 Allan Bérubé Prize for outstanding work in public GLBT history, awarded by the American Historical Association’s Committee on LGBT History. He was a 2009 fellow at the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Joey's public history projects have explored San Francisco's Polk Street, pre-gay liberation Oberlin College, and anti-poverty organizing in San Francisco's Tenderloin. He has worked with KALW radio, the Peabody award-winning, The Nation, and the SF Bay Guardian. He is Director of the GLBT Historical Society's Oral History Program and curator of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee's forthcoming fortieth anniversary exhibit.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Joey has received funding from the California Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Foundation, the Rainbow Endowment, the Hermes Foundation, and the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program.

You may contact Joey at Download CV (PDF)

Work samples:

  • Polk Street Stories, hour-long radio documentary created for the Peabody-award winning and distributed nationally through NPR's Hearing Voices.
  • Polk Street Oral History Project, recipient of the American Historical Association's 2010 Allan Bérubé Prize for outstanding work in public GLBT history.
  • Behind the Masks, 90-page essay charting Oberlin College LGBT life from the 1920s to the early 1970s.