The writings of Kevin Killian have garnered appreciation from the Bay Area gay literary universe and beyond (count Dennis Cooper, Susie Bright, and Wayne Koestenbaum among his admirers) for many years, charming readers with experimental and arresting meditations on the erotic, the line between life and fiction, and the one and only Kylie Minogue. His latest release, Impossible Princess, takes its name from the Australian pop singers sixth studio album and includes short stories about a late-night tryst in a panther cage, a sexual assault inside a copy machine, and the undergarments of a former member of a British boy band. Last year saw the publication of his Action Kylie, a book of poems inspired by Miss Minogue, as well as My Vocabulary Did This to Me, a collection of works by San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer co-edited by Killian (who also co-wrote the Spicer biography Poet Be Like God). With two previous story collections (including the 1996 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award-winning Little Men), a handful of plays, three novels and a fourth on the way next year, Killians oeuvre continues to grow while amusing, confusing, and arousing readers who stumble upon or seek out his writing. Theres no time like the present to hear the author read, and to become better acquainted with his singular and peculiar body of work.
Thu., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., 2009