ISBN: 9780999719824 (2019)
Here are the selected plays of Kevin Killian, who has for decades won laurels for his novels, his poetry, and his work in the poets theater of the San Francisco Bay Area. Drawing from the late 1980s to the early 2010s, this is the first representative selection of Killian’s plays. Once describing his productions as a form of “blanket permission,” Killian added, “I think people might come away thinking, I could do that! Isn’t that the best kind of work, something generative? Action painting was sort of like that…” This is a book to read, where reading means catching some action.
Kevin Killian is the author of more than forty plays. His collaborative poets theater works include Stone Marmalade (1996, with Leslie Scalapino), The American Objectivists (2001, with Brian Kim Stefans), and, with Barbara Guest, Often (published in a limited edition by Kenning Editions in 2001). Killian and David Brazil are coeditors of The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater: 1945-1985 (2010).
Killian’s poetry collections include Argento Series (2001), Action Kylie (2008) and Tweaky Village (2014). In 2017 appeared two new volumes, Tony Greene Era and Les éléments, followed by the memoirs collected under the title of Fascination in 2018. He is also the author of three volumes of Selected Amazon Reviews (2006-17), the novels Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012) the short-story collections Little Men (1996), which won the PEN Oakland award, I Cry Like a Baby (2001), and the Lambda Literary Award–winner Impossible Princess (2009).
With Lewis Ellingham, Killian coedited Jack Spicer’s posthumously published detective novels The Train of Thought: (Chapter III of a Detective Novel) (1994) and The Tower of Babel (1994) and cowrote the biography Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance (1998). With Peter Gizzi, Killian coedited My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. With Dodie Bellamy, he edited the anthology Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997 (2017).