February 27, 2020
In 2018-2019, the Bay Area writer Dodie Bellamy was "on our mind" and her work informed a year-long series of conversations, lectures, screenings, performances, and other events.

This event marks the release of Dodie Bellamy Is on our mind, edited by Jeanne Gerrity and Anthony Huberman, published by Semiotext(e), and distributed by The MIT Press. The book introduces Bellamy's genre-bending work on sexuality, politics, feminism, narrative experimentation, and all things queer.

Megan Milks made several trips to San Francisco in order to spend time with Bellamy and craft a provocative and fascinating profile of the writer. Originally delivered as a lecture at the Wattis Institute, Andrew Durbin's text takes the form of a personal essay, expertly weaving anecdotes of his own encounters with Bellamy's writing with insights into broader themes in her work. Prof. Kaye Mitchell takes a close look at the role of shame and its relationship to femininity in particular texts by Bellamy. And Bellamy and her late husband Kevin Killian offer deeply personal, emotionally wrenching ruminations on topics from the mundane (drawing) to the profound (mortality). These texts, alongside archival photos and a complete bibliography, make this book an important compendium on Bellamy.

Dodie Bellamy has lived and worked in San Francisco since 1978. A vital contributor to 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."

Anthony Huberman is the Director and Chief Curator of the Wattis Institute in San Francisco.

Dodie Bellamy and Anthony Huberman in conversation & Book Launch for Dodie Bellamy is on our mind, co-published by CCA Wattis Institute and Semiotext(e).


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