The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by Kevin Killian on Thursday, February 21st at 8pm in the Old Chapel.
Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), a book of memoirs, and three books of stories. He has also written four books of poetry, most recently Tony Greene Era, from Wonder Books. With Peter Gizzi he has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008)—for Wesleyan University Press. Wesleyan also brought out Killian and Lew Ellingham’s acclaimed biography of Spicer in 1998. For the San Francisco Poets Theater Killian has written forty-five plays, and the anthology he compiled with David Brazil—The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985—has become the standard book on the subject.
Recent projects include Tagged, Killian’s nude photographs of poets, artists, writers, filmmakers and intellectuals; and, with Dodie Bellamy, Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997 (Nightboat Books).
Two new projects appeared in November 2018: Fascination: Memoirs, from Semiotext(e)/MIT, including Triangles in the Sand, Killian’s memories of the musician Arthur Russell; and Stage Fright (from Kenning)—ten plays from the San Francisco Poets Theater. He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Killian is reading as part of the MFA program’s Visiting Writers Series.
Celebrating its fifty-fourth year, the nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series at UMass Amherst presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The Series is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, and the English Department. This event is co-sponsored as well by the Amherst College English Department and Center for Creative Writing; the Amherst College Queer Resource Center; the UMass Stonewall Center; the UMass Program in Comparative Literature; the UMass Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies; and The Massachusetts Review. This reading is free, accessible, and open to the public. Learn more at www.umass.edu/english-mfa.