At last a major anthology of New Narrative, the movement fueled by punk, pop, porn, French theory, and social struggle to change writing forever.
In the twenty years that followed America’s bicentennial, narrative writing was re-formed, reflecting new political and sexual realities. With the publication of this anthology, the New Narrative era bounds back to life, ripe with dramatic propulsion and infused with the twin strains of poetry and continental theory. The reader will discover classic New Narrative texts, from Robert Glück to Kathy Acker, as well as rare supplemental materials, including period interviews, essays, and talks, which form a new map of late 20th century creative rebellion.
This book, which took me 10 years to finish, taught me how to write. An autobiographic epistolary vampire novel in which Mina Harker, the heroine of Bram Stoker's Dracula, inhabits Dodie's body and wreaks havoc. Ever ravenous, Mina consumes bodies and culture, both high and low.
Published by Hard Press, 1998. Republished by University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
My first collection of fiction, essays, and memoir, arranged chronologically according to references to my life, beginning with childhood and moving through to an attempted adulthood. My goal was to create a fragmented autobiography that peeks through disparate forms and contents.
Here's a video of Sonic Youth playing their song "Pink Steam," which was named after my book.
A feminist revision of the cut-up pioneered by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Fractured male and female voices and bodies bleed into one another. Bits of the confession of Jeffrey Dahmer are cut into the churning desire.
A correspondence between Mina of The Letters of Mina Harker and writer Sam D'Allesandro. Includes previously unpublished work by Sam, who died of AIDS in 1988, as well as an extended eulogy penned by Mina.
Published by Talisman in 1994. Out of print, but copies are available at Small Press Distribution.
A teeny book containing the first two stories I wrote when I switched from poetry to prose. Both pieces are about female friendship and were reprinted in Pink Steam.
Published by Hanuman Books, 1990.
Hanuman Books was founded by Raymond Foye and Francesco Clemente in 1986. The series was designed to resemble Indian prayer books.
The Beating of Our Hearts
This chapbook is a meditation on political art, as well as what makes one feel fully alive. A portrait of the Bay Area writing scene when things were much less complicated than they are now.
Published by Semiotext(e), in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
A chapbook comprised of two talks I gave on a panel at the Modern Language Association and as a visiting writer at California College of the Arts. Leaping off from Eileen Myles' essay "Everyday Barf," this memoir-cum- manifesto embraces the barf as a radical feminist form, and chronicles my long and complex friendship with Eileen.