Kevin Killian (born 1952) is a poet, novelist, critic, and playwright. A founder and former director of Small Press Traffic, and an original member of the notorious San Francisco-based “new narrative” circle including Dennis Cooper and Kathy Acker, Killian has long been a hidden favorite of gay literary San Francisco. In this talk, Killian gives an account of his career in screen-based media and discusses how a writer “takes his own life and wears his heart on his sleeve, mining his most neurotic and embarrassing moments for his art.”
Killian has published numerous books, including three short story collections: the Pen Award-winning Little Men (1996), I Cry Like a Baby (2001), and Impossible Princess (2009)—winner of the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Erotica. His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in, among others, Best American Poetry 1988 (ed. John Ashbery) and Discontents (ed. Dennis Cooper). He has written on the Bay Area art scene for numerous journals, including Framework, Artforum, and Art Week. With his wife Dodie Bellamy, he edits the long-running poetry zine, Mirage/Periodical.