Some of you, especially those of you who don't live in San Francisco, might not be familiar with the work of Dodie Bellamy.
She's a novelist, poet, and essayist who has been living and working here since the late 1970s, and has become a central member of the Bay Area’s avant-garde literary scene. She's interested in sex, death, and literature. Her material is language and narrative, which she twists and bends around different truths and untruths.
In her mind, a good essay always embarrasses its author, a bit.
Andrew Durbin, himself a poet and novelist, is an avid reader of Bellamy's work, along with the work of other writers from the New Narrative movement of the 1970s and 80s. Like them, he sees autobiography as something to use, but also to subvert, pervert, and perform.
Durbin launches our 5th year-long research season with a new lecture on the writer Dodie Bellamy, giving an overview and sharing his perspective on her work and her words.
Andrew Durbin is an American poet and novelist, and currently serves as Senior Editor for the Americas at Frieze Magazine. With Ben Fama and Trisha Low, he co-founded Wonder and published books, pamphlets, and limited edition art prints from writers and artists such as Juliana Huxtable, Ariana Reines, and Jacolby Satterwhite. Nighboat Books published Mature Themes (2014), his collection of poems, and MacArthur Park (2017), his first full-length novel.
This is the first event in our year-long season dedicated to the questions posed by the work of Dodie Bellamy and how they address art, culture, and society today.