EP76circleSelected Amazon Reviews
Volume 3
Kevin Killian
with an introduction by Dia Felix

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Like Edmund Hillary, Kevin Killian dared to dream of the top of the mountain, and write his way into the Amazon Reviewers Hall of Fame (an actual thing) in a few brief years. “His writings are not really reviews,” avers media critic and professor Trebor Scholz. “They are rather autobiographical pieces of fiction.” Unpaid labor for a huge and heartless corporation? Or magical exercises to prepare for the revolution? You decide, for Dia Felix, the author of NOCHITA, has curated the largest and most pointed grouping of them yet, with her own autobiographical introduction, for Essay Press.
“Once again, scientific underwear design brings us a future in which you seem to be wearing two things at once, neither of them very flattering, but together they create a wily, synchronic lilt that, as you rub your thighs together, will insure a cottony susurration audible from the building next door. Sort of a white noise, very much a Lou Reed metal machine music.”
KEVIN KILLIAN, one of the original New Narrative writers, has written three novels (Shy, Arctic Summer, and Spreadeagle), a book of memoirs, and three books of stories. He has written four books of poetry, most recently Tony Greene Era. With Peter Gizzi he has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer. With Lew Ellingham, he has written the acclaimed biography of Spicer, Poet Be Like God. He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


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Essay Press is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Contest judged by Carla Harryman: Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim Arnold and Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey, which will be published in Fall 2017.