Claire Finch discusses “Kathy Acker (1971-1975).” A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
Presented in partnership with The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, French Culture in the Midwest and Cultural Services | French Embassy in the US
At the Co-op
About the book: This book is the first attempt to produce a critical edition of a large number of Kathy Acker’s unpublished early works. These – mostly unpublished – texts were all composed between 1969 and 1976. Yet they are representative of Acker’s published output only for the period running from 1971 to early 1974. These texts all exist as “clean” typewritten copies, probably intended to be kept, shown, maybe even published. Such a collection shows how prolific, diverse and always in-progress Acker’s production was in those years. It isn’t, however, Acker’s complete early works. More typescripts exist at the Fales Library which aren’t featured or alluded to in this book. Their publication and analysis may in the future suggest a whole new set of interpretations that will, or might not, contradict the present editor’s exegesis. Moreover, the comparison of the typescripts with manuscript versions will undoubtedly inspire new perspectives on Acker’s creative process and intentions during those years.
About Claire Finch: Claire Finch is a writer and researcher based in Paris. Her hybrid practice focuses on queer poetic protocols and their possible links with feminist activism. She works primarily through her PhD research in Gender Studies at the University of Paris 8, her performative readings (festival Extra! Centre Pompidou, Le Magasin CNAC Grenoble, Mimosa House London…), and her literary piracy workshops (Khiasma Lilas, EBABX Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts Bordeaux…). She is a touring member of the Paris-based queer, dyke, non-binary and trans author’s collective RERQ.