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The Living Writers Reading Series: Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy
October 18, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm | Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206
Into Archives—Across Genres is a reading/performance series featuring poets, critics, memoirists, activists, visual artists, essayists, short story writers, and novelists who mine various archives to investigate race, gender, sexuality, and class. Writing across multiple disciplines – whether via the epistle, film & photo essay, poem, story, collage or hybrid text – these authors mine history and present day experience, exploring and complicating the possibilities and features of genre in their art.
Kevin Killian has written two novels, Shy (1989) and Arctic Summer (1997), a book of memoirs, Bedrooms Have Windows (1990), and three books of stories, Little Men (1996), I Cry Like a Baby (2001), and Impossible Princess (2009). He is the author of two coillections of poetry, Argento Series (2001), and Action Kylie (2008). For the San Francisco Poets Theater Killian has written forty plays, most recently Box of Rain (2012). Recent projects include Screen Tests, an edition of Killian’s film writing, a show inspired by the late poet Elizabeth Bishop (in collaboration with artist Ajit Chauhan) at Oakland’s Sight School last fall, and a book of Killian’s intimate photographs, Tagged, to appear in the spring. His new novel, 22 years in the making, is called Spreadeagle from Publication Studio.
Dodie Bellamy’s most recent book is the buddhist. Time Out New York named her chapbook Barf Manifesto, “Best Book Under 30 Pages” for 2009. Other books include Academonia, Pink Steam, Cunt-Ups and The Letters of Mina Harker. She has been awarded a Firecracker Alternative Book Award and a Bay Guardian Goldie Award. She is a columnist for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space blog.
Co-Sponsored by Porter College George Hitchcock Poetry Fund; Poets & Writers through the grant from the James Irvine Foundation; Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center; Literature Department and the Creative Writing Program; UC Presidential Chair Feminist Critical Race & Ethnic Studies; Music Department; Laurie Sain Creative Writing Endowment; The Ethnic Resource Centers and the African American Resource & Cultural Center; Institute for Humanities Research.