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Kathy Acker Biography to Be Published in 2017 + Happy Birthday Allen Ginsberg

By Harriet Staff


This just in: The rights to Kathy Acker's biography--KATHY ACKER: Her Revolutionary Life and Work, by Jason McBride--have been sold; and the publication in 2017, on the 20th anniversary of the writer's death, is fully supported by the Acker estate. More from the Transatlantic Agency:

KATHY ACKER: Her Revolutionary Life and Work draws on interviews with Acker’s friends, lovers, publishers and editors and is the first complete biography, written with the full support of the Acker estate. Notorious for sexual, violent novels that both drew on her own turbulent life and brazenly appropriated texts from Cervantes, Faulkner and others, Acker played a role in every North American cultural moment and movement of the last half of the 20th century, from New Left political activism to punk.

We can't wait to read this. Photograph at top by Allen Ginsberg. Copyright: Allen Ginsberg Estate. Caption: "Kathy Acker in Green Room, Detroit Institute of the Arts, one night February 1985 we read together with Diane Di Prima--she writes violent sexual feminist narratives, parody of imaginative love-torture novels, lives in London, first published chapters of books as pamphlets I found in the mail from Lower East Side New York." Thanks to the The Allen Ginsberg Project. Lots of videos and interviews there, as well.

Speaking of Allen, it would be his 88th birthday today! Happy birthday Allen Ginsberg!