Lauren Anzaldo

Cindy Seip

Social worker and suicide prevention counselor Lauren Anzaldo will join a discussion of A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309 (University Press of Florida). Co-authored by Scott Satterwhite – Anzaldo’s partner – and Aaron Cometbus, the book tells the improbable story of the house at 309 6th Avenue that became a crossroads for punk rock, activism, veganism, and queer culture in Pensacola, a Gulf Coast city at the border of Florida and Alabama. In the book, residents of 309 narrate the colorful and often comical details of communal life in the crowded and dilapidated house over its 30-year existence. The stories include playing in bands, operating local businesses such as the café, forming feminist support groups, and creating zines and art. Together, these participants, and their memories, show that punk is more than a musical genre or an emblem of teenage rebellion.