One of the original “New Narrative” writers, Kevin Killian is a San Francisco-based novelist, poet, playwright and art writer. He has edited My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poems of Jack Spicer (with Peter Gizzi; Wesleyan University Press, 2009), along with a biography, Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance (with Lewis Ellingham; Wesleyan University Press, 1998). Other critical projects include The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945-1985 (with David Brazil; Kenning Editions, 2010) and the 2017 Writers who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing, 1977-1997 (with Dodie Bellamy). Since 1985 he has wrtten over fifty plays for San Francisco Poets Theater, including full length collaborations with Norma Cole, Barbara Guest, Leslie Scalapino, and Brian Kim Stefans. He has written three novels, five books of poetry, and three collections of short stories. Killian’s papers and photographs have recently been acquired by the Yale Collection of American Literature for the Beinecke Library.
Triangles in the Sand
Instead of Studio he took me way over to the west side, the gayest part of the Village, to the Paradise Garage. If he wasn’t gay how did he even venture onto that block? It was the late ’70s, when the art of cruising had finally been perfected...