Kevin Killian Reads From His New City Lights Collection, Impossible Princess

Kevin Killian reads from his new collection of new fiction, Impossible Princess, published by City Lights Books

Impossible Princess is the third collection of gay short fiction by Kevin Killian. An original member of the notorious San Francisco-based “new narrative” circle including Dennis Cooper and Kathy Acker, Killian is a master short story writer, crafting campy yet edgy tales that explore both the humor and darkness of desire. From an examination of an ex-British-boy-band-member’s skeevy skivvies, to a sexual assault inside a copy machine, to a nocturnal tryst in a panther cage, Impossible Princess runs a bizarre gamut of erotic experience, where the appetite of lust is only satisfied by the peculiar unexpected.

A founder and former director of Small Press Traffic, Kevin Killian has long been a hidden favorite of gay literary San Francisco. Killian has published numerous books, including two previous story collections, the Pen award-winning Little Men (1996) and I Cry Like a Baby (2001). His latest novel, Spreadeagle (2010), is published by Alyson Books. With his wife Dodie Bellamy, he edits the long-running poetry zine, Mirage/Periodical. His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in, among others, Best American Poetry 1988 (ed. John Ashbery), and Discontents (ed. Dennis Cooper).

Recorded Thursday, December 3 at City Lights Books in San Francisco