Literary Nonfiction. LGBTQIA Studies. "kari's authorial 'signature' undoes the authorial body in favor of a visible obfuscation-strikethru: kari never just signed, but rather crossed out hir name and wrote "NO GENDER." The erasure—well no, the palimpsestic remaking of the name into a symbol for the dismantling of enforced gender codes is a profound and provocative gesture—the name is still visible behind the NO GENDER, as if behind bars ... kari's genius moved others to their own words, art, action—following a mandate of reclaiming the very words we speak and write—writing our selves, our other(ed) bodies, into a foundational post-gender post-genre state. This book is the start of what hopefully will be a much longer conversation"—from the introduction by Julian T.
Brolaski & erica kaufman. Venn Diagram Productions is the collaborative intersection between Belladonna Books and Litmus Press. This imprint actualizes our mutual commitment to publishing innovative, cross-genre, multicultural, feminist and queer work by writers and artists working beyond and between borders.
"I'm NOT just saying this because I'm in this book, it's marvelous! Poems, essays on kari and gender and on teaching kari, close readings of kari's work: this is a study of resistance to cultural dictates, a real live struggling, wriggling atmosphere takes shape while you read this history we cannot live without!"—CA Conrad
"stunning book, intimate yet unsentimentally so: intimately informed & a also primer for anyone interested in edwards' work—activism AND poetry-art (how even to separate these things)—'there is an autopsy mortgage on demarcations,' as edwards writes in iduna."—David Woloch
Feature @ PennSoundEileen Tabios @ Galatea ResurrectsInterview with Akilah Oliver @ Rain TaxiFeature @ Poetry Foundation
kari edwards (December 2, 1954 - December 2, 2006) is the author of several books, including: having been blue for charity (BlazeVox, 2006), obedience (Factory School, 2005), IDUNA (O Books, 2003) a day in the life of p. (subpress collective, 2002); post/(pink) (Scarlet Press, 2000) and, posthumously, SUCCUBUS IN MY POCKET (EOAGH Books, 2015) and BHARAT JIVA (Litmus Press/Belladonna*, 2009). edwards won the New Langton Art's Bay Area Award in literature in 2002 and Small Press Traffic's book of the year award in 2004. edwards' work can also be found in Scribner's The Best American Poetry (2004), Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006), Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action (Coffee House Press, 2004), Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others (Haworth Press, 2004), and elsewhere.Contributors: Fran Blau, Kevin Killian, CAConrad, Yedda Morrison, Leslie Scalapino, erica kaufman, Akilah Oliver, Tim Peterson, Julian T. Brolaski, Jen Hofer, Brenda Iijima, Reed Bye, Lisa Jarnot, Sherman Souther, Chris Martin, Ellen Redbird, Mark Brasuell, Donna de la Perriere, Bill Marsh, Wendy Kramer, Marcus Civin, Joan MacDonald, Rachel Levitsky, E. Tracy Grinnell, Joseph Lease, Eileen Myles, Eleni Stecopoulos, Cara Benson, Anne Waldman, Michael Smoler, and Rob Halpern.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA