Kevin Killian, one of the original New Narrative writers, has written a book of poetry, Argento Series (2001); two novels; a book of memoirs, Bedrooms Have Windows (1989); and two book of stories, Little Men (1996), which won the PEN Oakland award for fiction, and I Cry Like a Baby.
Kevin has written often on the U.S. poet Jack Spicer (1925-1965), whose work he is editing, and on the local San Francisco art scene for (among others) the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bookforum, Artforum, and Artweek.
March 2008 will see the publication of his new book of poetry, Action Kylie, and the reprint of his first novel, Shy (originally 1989).
In Fall 2008 Wesleyan University Press will publish the first volume of Spicer’s Collected Works, which Kevin edited with the scholar and poet Peter Gizzi.
Current projects include ongoing work with San Francisco Poets Theater, for whom he was written 30 plays with a wide variety of collaborators, and a role in the upcoming revival of Carla Harryman’s play The Third Man.
Kevin is part of a collective of ten artists, writers and others who run Right Window, Valencia Street’s newest gallery in the right hand window of Artists Television Access. In addition, with the artist Colter Jacobsen he is curating a large summer show for June 2008 at Ratio 3, in which they will attempt to summon up the spirit of seminal, shortlived gallery Kiki, which flourished in the 1993-1995 queercore period.
As an outgrowth of his poets theater work Kevin has collaborated often with San Francisco artist Kota Ezawa. Their shared projects include a play for Dusseldorf and London based collective HOBBYPOPmuseum (White Rabbit, 2001) four parts for Kevin in Ezawa’s videos (1995-2007), endless roles for Ezawa in Kevin’s plays, and most recently a catalogue essay for Ezawa’s forthcoming Bratislava exhibition Last Year @ Marienbad (2007).
With Dodie Bellamy, Kevin edits the longrunning literary art magazine Mirage #4/Period[ical] (145 issues to date). In the spring of 2006 they were honored for their work by an exhibition of Mirage materials at New York’s White Columns, and later that summer at San Francisco’s New Langton Arts.
In the summer of 2007 Kevin was the guest of the students of Frankfurt’s Staedelschule at their installation at Art Basel 38, in which he entertained, told jokes, read poetry, acted out plays with other artists and collectors, sang, danced and showed Kevin Killian In the Light (2007), a clip reel video assembled by video artist and CCA grad Matthew Hughes Boyko.