Carla Harryman Bibliography (II): Anthologies, Selected Critical Essays and Articles

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Canary Island Connection, ed. Manuel Brito, (Zasterle, 2017)

Writers Who Love Too Much, ed. Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian, (Nightboat, 2017)

The Poem is You, ed. with commentary by Stephen Burt, (Harvard Uiversity Press, 2016

Like A Musical Instruments, ed. Larry Fagin with photography by John Sarsgard, (Frankfurt, KY: Broadstone Books, 2014)

Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology: second edition, ed. Paul Hoover (New York, 2013)

Eleven More Women Poets of the 21st Century, ed. Claudia Rankine (Wesleyan University Press, 2012):

The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater, ed. Kevin Killian and David Brazille (Chicago, Kenning Editions, 2010)

The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, ed. Steve Tomasulo (Illinois, Lake Forest, 2009)

A Best of Fence: First 9 Years, vol. 1, ed. Rebecca Wolfe, (New York: Fence Books, 2009)

Nineteen Lines: A Drawing Center Writing Antholgy, ed. Lytle Shaw (New York, Roof Books and The Drawing Center, 2007)

Not for Mother’s Only, ed. Catherine Wagner and Rebecca Wolf (New York: Fence, 2007)

The Best American Poetry of 2004, ed. Lyn Hejinian and David Lehman (New York: Scribner, 2004)

The Addison Street Anthology, ed. Robert Hass and Jessica Fisher (Berkeley, Calif.: Heydey books, 2004)

Great American Prose Poems, ed. David Lehman (New York: Scribner, 2003)

Poems for the Millennium, vol. 2, ed. Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998)

Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, ed. Mary Margaret Sloan (Hoboken, N.J.: Talisman House, 1998)

The United States of Poetry, ed. Bob Holman (New York: Abrams, 1996)

Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the U.K., ed. Maggie O’Sullivan (London: Reality Street, 1996)

Models of the Universe: An Anthology of the Prose Poem, ed. Stuart Friebert and David Young (Oberlin, Ohio: Oberlin College Press, 1995)

Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, ed. Paul Hoover (New York, 1995)

The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry 1994-1995, ed. Douglas Messerli, (Los Angeles, 1996)

Out of This Century, ed. Douglas Messerili (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1994)

O IV Anthology, ed. Leslie Scalapino (Berkeley, Calif.: O Books, 1993)

Resurgent: New Writing by Women (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992)

Out of This World, ed. Ann Waldman (New York: Bobbs and Merrill, 1992)

La lengua radical, ed. Esteban Pugals Gesali (Madrid: University of Madrid, 1992)

49+1 Nouveaux Poètes américains, ed. Emmanuel Hocquard and Claude Royet-Journoud  (Royaumont, Fr.: 1991)

O II Anthology (Berkeley, Calif.: O Books, 1991

Pagina, ed. Manuel Brito, (Barcelona, Sp.: 1990)

Action poétique (Amiens, Fr.: 1989)

In the American Tree (Orono, Me.: National Poetry Foundation, 1986, 2002)

Change (Paris, Fr.: 1981)



“This is a letter about noise, distinction, names, language, and with notes on The Obituary by Gail Scott” in From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice, ed. Robin Tremblay-McGaw and Rob Halpern (On Contemporary Practice, 2017)

Introduction to Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey (Essay Press, 2017)

“Toy Boats,” A Guide to Poetics Journal, ed. Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten

(Wesleyan University Press, 2013)

“Notes on Poets Theater” in Evening Will Come (, 2012)

“Introduction,” Journal of Narrative Theory 41, no. 1, special issue on Non/Narrative (Spring 2011)

“Something Nation: Radical Spaces of Performance in Linton Kwesi Johnson and cris cheek,” in Diasporic Avant-gardes, ed. Carrie Noland and Barrett Watten (New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2009)

“Conversation with Sawako Nakayasu,” 12X12, ed. Christina Mengert and Joshua Maria Wilkens  (University of Iowa, 2009)

“Acker Unformed,” in Lust for Life, ed. Amy Scholder, Carla Harryman, Avital Ronell (New York and London: Verso, 2006)

“Residues or Revolutions of the Language of Acker and Artaud,” in Devouring Instutitions, ed. Michael Hardin (San Diego: SDSU Press, 2004)

“The Mother of Us All,” How2 (on-line journal), vol. 2, no. 2 (Spring 2004)

“How I Wrote Gardener of Stars,” in Biting the Error, ed. Robert Gluck, Gail Scott, Megan Adams  (Toronto: Coach House Press, 2004)

“Parallel Play,” in The Grand Permission, eds Patricia Dienstfry and Brenda Hilman (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2003)

“The Ear of the Poet in the Mouth of the Performer,” How2, (on-line journal) vol. 2, no. 4 (September 2003) “The Nadja and Nanette of Gail Scott’s Main Brides,” in Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally, ed. Romana Huk (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2003)

“Of and or Through, a conversation with Marjorie Welish,” Of the Diagram, the work of Marjorie Welish, ed. Aaron Levy and Jean-Michel Rabaté, Slought Publishing: Artist Series (Philadelphia, 2003)

“The Nadja and Nanette of Gail Scott’s Main Brides,” in Gail Scott: Essays on her Works, ed. Lianne Moyes (Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, London: Guernica Press, 2002)

“Site Sampling in Performing Objects Stationed in the Subworld,” in Additional Apparitions, ed. Keith Tuuma (Sheffield, UK: 2002)

“Home in the Book of Daniel: Conversations on Theater and Community,” Trait 2 (Detroit: 2002)

“Rules and Restraints in Women’s Experimental Writing,” in We Who Love to Be Astonished: Women

“Home in the Book of Daniel: Conversations on Theater and Community,” Trait 2 (Detroit: 2002) Experimenters and Performance Writing, ed. Cynthia Hogue and Laura Hinton (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2001)

“Women’s Writing: Hybrid Thoughts on Contingent Hierarchies and Reception,” How2 (on-line journal) vol. 1, no. 2 (September 1999)

“Beautiful Arrangements: The Philosopher’s Suite by Nayland Blake,” in Biannual Exhibition Catalogue (Newport Beach, Calif.: Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1991)

“Wild Mothers,” in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, ed. Mary Margaret Sloan (New Jersey: Talisman House, 1998)

“Home in the Book of Daniel: Conversations on Theater and Community,” Trait 2 (Detroit: 2002)



“Carla Harryman: Poetry as Polarity” interviewed by Gail Scott (Rain Taxi: Summer, 2015)

“Carla Harryman and Catherine Meng” interviewed by Karla Kelsey and Aaron McCoullough (The Conversant, on-line, October 2013)

“Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian,” in conversation with Corina Copp, St. Marks Poetry Project Newsletter #227, April/May 2011

“Carla Harryman” by Renee Gladman in “Reading Carla Harryman,” special section ed. Laura Hinton, journal ed. Redell Olsen (How2, December 2009-December 2010), 34 pages:

“Carla Harryman,” interviewed by Costinella Dragon in [Inter]sections, a trimesterial publication of the University of Bucharest, Romania (October 2009-December 2009).

“To Write within Situations of Contradiction: An Introduction to the Cross-Genre Writing of Carla Harryman,” by Laura Hinton and Carla Harryman, Postmodern Culture Issue 16, Vol. 1 (2006):

Interview with Michael McGee and Jacques Dubrot, Combo 9 ( Providence: 2001)

Interview with Chris Tysh, Poetics Journal: Knowledge 10 (Berkeley and Detroit: 1998)

“An Interview with Carla Harryman,” Megan Simpson, Contemporary Literature 37, vol. 4 (Minn., Winter 1996)

Interview with Manuel Brito, A Suite of Poetic Voices (Santa Brigada, Spain: Kadle Books, 1994)


Poets and Critics Symposium 2017.3 : Kevin Killian, Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December, 2017

Daniel Nicoletta, "Kevin Killian, 2012"
Daniel Nicoletta, “Kevin Killian, 2012”

The next Poets and Critics Symposium will be devoted to the work of Kevin Killian.

Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December.

Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges
9:45am-5pm, room 830 (8th floor of the Olympe de Gouges Building).

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For detailed instructions and directions, click HERE.

Poetry reading with Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian and Esther Salmona,
Monday 18 December, 7pm – Atelier Michael Woolworth, 2 rue de la Roquette, cour Février, 75011 Paris (click on link for directions)

If you would like to attend the symposium and are not already in touch with us, please contact us and we will send you information, instructions about and directions to the symposium:

So far, we’ve tried to focus on the writer’s own (creative and critical) work on the first day of the P&C symposia and on broader issues of poetics and practice-based criticism with the writer on the second day. But there’s no specific preconceived program for the 2 days of the symposium: as the previous sessions of the program have shown, it seems important to let the conversation take its own course.

Please note that the morning session of the first day is devoted to preparing the conversation with Kevin Killian which will take place during the afternoon session and the second day. Kevin Killian will be joining the group at 2pm on Monday 18 December.

As usual, we intend to address all aspects of our guest’s work as poet, prose-writer, critic, translator and editor. Please feel free to make suggestions as to particular books that you would like to discuss during the symposium.

Our Monday afternoon session with Kevin Killian should end by 6 pm, which will leave ample time for everybody to get to the poetry reading.


–          Monday 18 December morning session 9:30am-12pm: all participants are invited to a preliminary session to prepare for our afternoon discussion with Kevin Killian. This first session will be the occasion for all participants to touch base and mention some aspects of Kevin’s work that they would like to discuss.

–          Monday 18 December 2-5:30 pm: Kevin Killian will be joining us for our afternoon session and discussion.  The first afternoon session is traditionally devoted to discussing the invited poet’s work and its context.

–          Monday 18 December 7 pm: Poetry reading with Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian and Esther Salmona,
Monday 18 December, 7pm – Atelier Michael Woolworth, 2 rue de la Roquette, cour Février, 75011 Paris (click on link for directions)

–          Tuesday 19 December 9:30 am – 5:30 pm: second day of the symposium. On the second day, besides our guest’s poetry, we sometimes discuss her / his engagement with other forms of writing and alternative modes of criticism. In the past, we have also done close readings of poems. These are just possibilities. The conversation often suggests its own course and topics.

–          Tuesday 19 December 7 pm- 8:30 pm: Buffet-dinner at galerie éof, 15 rue Saint Fiacre, 75002 Paris.

–          Tuesday 19 December 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm: John Ashbery Tribute Reading, galerie éof, 15 rue Saint Fiacre, 75002 Paris. Followed by poetry collective double change’s 17th birthday party.


Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), a book of memoirs called Bedrooms Have Windows (1990), and three books of stories, Little Men (1996), I Cry Like a Baby (2001), and Impossible Princess (2009).  He has also written four books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), Action Kylie (2008), Tweaky Village (2014) and Tony Greene Era (2017). Killian has written often on the life and work of the American poet Jack Spicer [1925-65] and with Peter Gizzi has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008)—which won the American Book Award—for Wesleyan University Press.  Wesleyan also brought out Killian and Lewis Ellingham’s acclaimed biography Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance in 1998.

His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in, among others, Best American Poetry (ed. John Ashbery), Men on Men (ed. Geo. Stambolian), Discontents (ed. Dennis Cooper) and Wrestling with the Angel (ed. Brian Bouldrey).  See Chapter 5, “Scandalous Narratives,” and afterword, “In Conclusions,” of Earl Jackson, Jr’s Strategies of Deviance: Studies in Gay Male Representation (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995), for extended consideration of KK’s work (pp. 179-266).

For the San Francisco Poets Theater Killian has written forty-five plays, including Stone Marmalade (1996, with Leslie Scalapino), The American Objectivists (2001, with Brian Kim Stefans), and Often (also 2001, with Barbara Guest).  Recent projects include a collaboration with artist D-L Alvarez (The Visitor Owl, a hybrid film/live action performance staged at SFMOMA last summer); Nude, a book with poems by Killian and images by artist Ugo Rondinone; and Tagged: Variations on a Theme, introduction by Rob Halpern, Killian’s nude photographs of poets, artists, and writers.

Many know him for his work with Small Press Traffic, the nonprofit artist run poetry recital space in San Francisco and, in recent years, another poetry reading series held at Alley Cat Books, in San Francisco’s Mission District.  With his wife, writer Dodie Bellamy, Killian has edited the mammoth anthology Writers Who Love too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997, from Nightboat Books (2017).



Poets & Critics 2017.3: Kevin Killian’s Bibliography



Kevin Killian Reader (ed. Andrew Durbin) (Los Angeles: Semiotexte), forthcoming Spring 2018.

Triangles in the Sand (memoir) (New York: Badlands Unlimited), forthcoming 2018.

Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997 (edited by KK and Dodie Bellamy) (New York: Nightboat Editions), 2017.

Tony Greene Era (poetry) (New York, Wonder Books), May 2017.

Selected Amazon Reviews, Volume Three edited by Dia Felix (Laramie, Wyoming: Essay Press), 2017.

Eyewitness: From Black Mountain to White Rabbit, by Carolyn Dunn as told to Kevin Killian (New York: Granary Books), September 2015,

Tweaky Village (poetry) (New York, Wonder Books), May 2014.

“The Story of a Stolen Kiss” (short fiction) (New York: Summer Crush), 2013

Tagged: Variations on a Theme, color photographs of nude artists and poets edited by Darin Klein, with an introductiion by Rob Halpern, (San Diego: Gravity & Trajectory Press), 2013

Selected Amazon Reviews, Volume Two edited by Jason Morris (San Francisco: Push Press) 2011.

The Kenning Anthology of American Poets Theater 1945-1985 (edited by KK and David Brazil) (Chicago: Kenning Editions), January 2010

Impossible Princess (short fiction) (City Lights Books), November 2009.

My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (edited by Peter Gizzi and KK) (Wesleyan University Press), December 2008

Action Kylie (New York, In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni), September 2008.

Wow Wow Wow Wow (poetry), New York, Belladonna, April 2008.

Selected Amazon Reviews, edited by Brent Cunningham (Oakland, CA: Hooke Press), 2006.

Island of Lost Souls (Vancouver: Nomados), 2003..

I Cry Like a Baby (New York: Painted Leaf Books), 2001.

Often (with Barbara Guest) (Buffalo: Kenning), 2001.

Argento Series (San Francisco: Krupskaya Press), 2001.

Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance, with Lewis Ellingham (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press), 1998.

Argento Series (Buffalo, NY: Meow Press), 1997.

Arctic Summer (New York: Hard Candy), 1997.

Little Men (West Stockbridge, MA: Hard Press), 1996.

Stone Marmalade, with Leslie Scalapino (Philadelphia: Singing Horse Press), 1996.

Santa (Buffalo, NY: Leave Books), 1995.

Bedrooms Have Windows (New York: Amethyst Press), 1989.

Shy (Freedom, CA: Crossing Press), 1989.

Desiree (Berkeley: e.g. Press), 1986.

Artists’ Books

Nude (New York: Studio Rondinone/Gladstone Gallery), poems by Kevin Killian, collages by Ugo Rondinone, 2012.

The Kink of Chris Komater, by Kevin Killian, pictures by Chris Komater (San Francisco: Patricia Snitow Gallery), 1999.

Brother and Sister Retold from the Brothers Grimm by Kevin Killian, pictures by Brett Reichman (San Francisco: Jonathan Hammer Studios), 1994.

Kevin Killian December 2017 Poets & Critics Symposium: Reviews and Interviews


Jacques Khalip reviews Kevin Killian’s first book of poems:


Joseph Bradshaw interivews Kevin Killian about his work on Jack Spicer:

Tony Leuzzi interviews Kevin Killian about his first two books of poetry:

Matt L. Rohrer interviews Kevin Killian and discusses his photography

Sophie Seita interviews Kevin Killian about editing Mirage and Mirage #4/Period[ical]:

Gary Sullivan interviews Kevin Killian: