KEVIN KILLIAN has written three novels, a book of memoirs, three books of stories, four of poetry—most recently, Tony Greene Era (from Wonder Books). For the SF 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, and writers; Selected Amazon Reviews, Volume 3, edited by Dia Felix (from Essay Press), and brand new, with Dodie Bellamy, a New Narrative anthology called Writers Who Love too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, from Nightboat Books.
I LOVE JOHN GIORNO | BALLING BUDDHA
John Giorno’s Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems 1962–2007, ably edited by Marcus Boon, first allowed me a chance to grasp the whole nettle of Giorno’s career in poetry—its shape, its energy, its paideuma, as Pound (following Frobenius), used the word.
NOV 2017 | Books
“That’s an awful lot of me,” Kevin Killian observed when I sent him proofs of the interview that follows this introduction—“Do we need it all?” On the surface, such candid self-effacement seems unlikely in a writer whose work is so searching and confident, but Killian’s apparent lack of ego may be connected to his fascination with makeshift art.
NOV 2017 | Critics Page
Like many artists, I came to San Francisco from graduate school, without any real training in doing anything, and I took a series of temp jobs.
APR 2015 | Poetry
Kevin Killian, who lives in San Francisco, has written three novels, a book of memoirs, and three books of stories. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Argento Series (2001), Action Kylie (2008) and Tweaky Village (2014). Brand new: a chapbook from The Song Cave called Pink Narcissus Poems.