Raw and Savvy: Chris Kraus and the Life of Kathy Acker
Rich girl, street punk, lost girl, icon, scholar, stripper, victim, and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker’s legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. In the new, fully-authorized biography AFTER KATHY ACKER, described by Maggie Nelson as “setting the bar for what will surely be a new era of critical and biographical reckoning,” author Chris Kraus (I LOVE DICK) approaches her subject both as a writer and as a member of the artistic communities from which Acker emerged. In conversation with Dodie Bellamy. Book sales and signing to follow. (Photo of Kathy Acker by Kathy Brew.) $15 adv / $20 door
Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, including ALIENS & ANOREXIA, I LOVE DICK, and TORPOR, and two books of art and cultural criticism, all published by Semiotext(e). She was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, and teaches writing at European Graduate School.
Dodie Bellamy writes genre-bending works that focus on sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation, challenging the distinctions between fiction, essay, and poetry. Her most recent collection is WHEN THE SICK RULE THE WORLD, from Semiotext(e). Other books include THE TV SUTRAS, CUNT NORTON, THE BUDDHIST, ACADEMONIA, PINK STEAM, THE LETTERS OF MINA HARKER, and CUNT-UPS, which won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. Her chapbook, The Beating of Our Hearts, was published as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. With Kevin Killian she edited for Nightboat Books WRITERS WHO LOVE TOO MUCH: NEW NARRATIVE 1977-1997 (2017).