A bit about me

I am a novelist, poet, and essayist.  I've published ten books and a handful of chapbooks.  I specialize in genre-bending work that focuses on feminism, sexuality, cultural artifacts both high and low, and all things queer.  I champion the vulnerable, the fractured, the disenfranchized, the fucked-up.  I believe the spiritual and the political can be found in the most unlikely places.  I love the essay as a form for I feel it can encompass everything; it's the closest prose can get to poetry without mimicking it.

This fall Semiotext(e) will publish my third collection of memoirs/essays, following Pink Steam (2004) and Academonia (2006).  The new book, When the Sick Rule the World, centers on questions of health and illness, both personal and societal.  Written over a span of eight years, the collection begins with an investigation of whistling as a gender practice in a racially-torn and class-divided society.  The book ends in tech-colonized San Francisco, with an urban witch performing a ritual that rips up the sidewalks.

Since the early 80s I've been an active member of San Francisco's literary avant-garde, and am one of the original practitioners of New Narrative.  With my husband, writer Kevin Killian, I'm editing an anthology of classic New Narrative texts for Nightboat Books, to be published early 2017.  Our tentative title is Writers Who Love Too Much: An Anthology of New Narrative, 1977–1997.  Or something like that.  Beginning in 1995, for five years I was the director of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center.  Before that for twelve years, with Kevin, I curated a reading series there as a volunteer.  From 1999 to 2004 I was a regular book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

I have close ties to the art world and have collaborated with many artists, including Raymond Pettibon and Lutz Bacher.  I've written pieces for exhibits at SFMOMA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Fales Library and Special Collections, and various galleries.  I was a guest columnist for Open Space, the SFMOMA blog.  The exhibit I curated of Kathy Acker's clothes was staged both at New Langton Arts in San Francisco and at White Columns in New York.

I'm not a prizes and awards type writer, but I did receive a SF Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Literature and, for Cunt-Ups, a Firecracker Alternative Book Award.  Time Out New York name Barf Manifesto "Best Book Under 30 Pages" for 2009.  The TV Sutras and Cunt Norton were included in a few best-of-the-year lists online.

I also teach creative writing, predominantly at San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts.  I've taught at and been a visiting writer at many other schools.  During the summers, I teach a private workshop, which I look forward to all year.