Poetry. LGBT Studies. Erik JM Schneider says that he was professionally trained to draw connections between things which have absolutely nothing in common. In ONE LAST DITCH, he makes this education concrete, mixing prose with lyricism while entwining cultural critique and autobiography, gender studies and stories about his cats. The dialect of ONE LAST DITCH is that of a multi-regional locality mixed with the perversely precise rhythms of a lifetime scholar. Schneider lopes through today's sketches of the day before, pasting together often harrowing scenes in alcohol, drugs, men's rooms, sex, and despair. Underneath it all a body pulses and trembles, a body especially complicated by a transition between genders, but also a body that will achieve glimpses of peace and communion at unexpected moments. This volume is Schneider's debut in American letters, brought to the public stage by Lyn Hejinian, director at Atelos. His affinities with Language poetry are clear in this highly associative, abstract work, which yet remains one of exquisite and eccentric intimacy.
Erik JM Schneider was born incognito in 1962, in a body received as female and thus hailed for 35 years. While so named or that is while differently named he coauthored a poetry zine with Lisa Gail Puteska in Atlanta GA in the mid 1980s. Later he practiced as a Kill Rock Star in the band Infamous Menagerie and as a professional student at the University of Washington at Seattle. Shortly after arriving in the Bay Area he changed physiology and nomenclature to something more suitable. He was declared Doctor of Rhetoric by the University of California Berkeley in 2007 and he now lives at his keyboard full-time producing random autobiographical interjections which he has read at various open mics around San Francisco. ONE LAST DITCH is his inaugural real book and announces his intention to write before he dies as many daemonic personae as possible mainly because he is unable to write elsewise. Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA