Join the author in Midway’s library for a book launch and reading from her most recent publication, After Kathy Acker. In this first, fully authorized literary biography, Kraus approaches Acker both as a writer, and as a member of the artistic communities from which she emerged. At once forensic and intimate, After Kathy Acker traces the extreme discipline and literary strategies Acker used to develop her work, and the contradictions she longed to embody. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus charts Acker’s movement through some of the late 20th century’s most significant artistic enterprises.
Chris Kraus is the author of the bestselling I Love Dick, ‘the most important book written about men and women in the last century’ (Guardian), as well as Aliens and Anorexia, Torpor, Summer of Hate, and two books of cultural criticism. She was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches writing at the European Graduate School. Kraus is a co-editor, with Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer, of Semiotexte and lives in Los Angeles.