WWU's English Department, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences will host a reading by by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in Fine Arts 238.
The event is free and open to the public.
Dodie Bellamy is the author of fourteen books, including her latest When the Sick Rule the World (Semiotext(e), 2015). Her essay “The Beating of Our Hearts” was presented at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University and the California College of the Arts. She is also the 2018–19 subject of CCA’s Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts’ On Our Mind program, a yearlong series of public events, commissioned essays, and reading-group meetings inspired by an artist’s writing and lifework.
Kevin Killian has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), three books of stories, and four books of poetry, most recently Tweaky Village from Wonder Books. New projects include a volume of memoirs, Fascination, which was edited by Andrew Durbin and appeared in December from Semiotext(e); and Stage Fright: Plays from San Francisco Poets Theater, which was published in February by Kenning Editions in Chicago. He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Both writers were also key figures of the New Narrative movement, “a transgressive, queer-leaning, self- and body-obsessed literary avant-garde” that began in San Francisco in the late 1970s and also included such other major writers as Kathy Acker, Dennis Cooper, and Robert Glück. Together, Bellamy and Killian co-edited the recent anthology Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997 (Nightboat, 2017).