About Dodie Bellamy
Dodie Bellamy (b. 1951, North Hammond, Indiana) has lived and worked in San Francisco since 1978. A seminal member of the Bay Area’s avant-garde literary scene, Bellamy is a novelist and poet whose work has focused on sexuality, politics, feminism, narrative experimentation, and all things queer. In her words, she champions "the vulnerable, the fractured, the disenfranchised, the fucked-up."



In the late 1970s, Bellamy joined what became known as the New Narrative movement, with a community of mostly gay and lesbian writers such as Robert Gluck, Steve Abbott, Bruce Boone, Gail Scott, Gabrielle Daniels, Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker, Camille Roy, Lawrence Braithwaite, and Kevin Killian, many of whom were based in the Bay Area.

Bellamy's books of prose, poetry, and essays include Feminine Hijinx (Hanuman Books, 1990), Real: The Letters of Mina Harker and Sam D'Allesandro (Talisman, 1994), The Letters of Mina Harker (Hard Press, 1998; republished by University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), Cunt-Ups (Tender Buttons, 2001), Pink Steam (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2004), Academonia (Krupskaya, 2006), Barf Manifesto (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), the buddhist (Publication Studio, 2011), Cunt Norton (Les Figues Press, 2013), The TV Sutras (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), and When the Sick Rule the World (Semiotext[e], 2015). Her chapbook, The Beating of Our Hearts, was published by Semiotext(e) in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

She has worked with the writer Kevin Killian, her husband of many years, on a range of projects including editing the anthology Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997 (Nightboat Books, 2017), curating the exhibition, There’s a Dark Secret in Me: Precarity, Exposure, Camouflage (2018) at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, and editing over 100 issues of the literary/art zine Mirage.

Bellamy currently teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts.

Her website has useful summaries of all her books, along with links to essays, interviews, reviews, and additional information.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at Yale University, have Bellamy and Killian's papers. Here is a finding aid.

Many of her books are available for purchase at your local bookstore.