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Poetry. LGBT Studies. Kevin Killian, Long Island, meets Eileen Myles, Tim Dlugos 1979, San Francisco 1980, writing through cloud of sex, drugs, strong drink and then the curtain begins to fall on a fabulous world, death toll mounting, 1982 meets Bob Glück, 1983 meets Dennis Cooper, 1984 first friend dead, Reagan re-elected, 1985 marries Dodie Bellamy, first enemy dead, death of Rock Hudson, 1986 Grammy award Song of the Year "That's What Friends Are For," 1987, reign of terror, AZT approved by FDA, ACT UP founded NYC, 1988 death of Sam D'Allesandro, election of George Bush, 1989, Dennis writes "AIDS ruined death," 1990, empty, futile, importunate life, first boy Kevin ever loved dead Richmond VA, 1991 Kevin frozen, unable to think of a way to write about AIDS crisis, 1992 Kathy Acker suggests films of Dario Argento as a prism through which to take apart horror of living and dying in AIDS era, election of Clinton, death of Steve Abbott, ARGENTO SERIES born, 1993 death of David Wojnarovicz, death of Bo Huston, 1994 FDA approves wide range protease inhibitors, 1997 death of Acker, "I saw something important I can't remember."
Kevin Killian's poetry collections include ARGENTO SERIES (2001), Action Kylie (2008), Tweaky Village (2014), TONY GREENE ERA (Wonder Books, 2017), and Les éléments (Joco Seria). 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), the Lambda Literary Award-winner Impossible Princess (2009); and the memoir Bedrooms Have Windows (1989). 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). Kevin Killian is the author of more than 40 plays for San Francisco Poets Theater. 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).Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA