Kevin Killian and Peter Richards

Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), a book of memoirs called Bedrooms Have Windows (1990), and three books of stories, Little Men (1996), I Cry Like a Baby (2001), and Impossible Princess (2009).  He has also written two books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), and Action Kylie (2008).  A third will appear in February 2014—Tweaky Village, from Wonder Books.  With Lew Ellingham, Killian has written often on the life and work of the American poet Jack Spicer [1925-65] and with Peter Gizzi has editedMy Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008)—which won the American Book Award—for Wesleyan University Press.  Wesleyan also brought out Killian and Ellingham’s acclaimed biography Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance in 1998.    He is also a playwright who has written forty-five plays for the San Francisco Poets Theater.  He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 

Peter Richards is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the John Logan Award. His poems have appeared in AgniColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyFenceThe Yale Review, and other journals. He is the author of OUBLIETTE (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2001), which won the Massachusetts Center for the Book Honors Award; NUDE SIREN (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2003); and HELSINKI (Action Books, 2011). He has  taught poetry at the University of Montana(Richard Hugo Visiting Poet) Harvard University (Briggs-Copeland Lecturer), Tufts University, Museum School of Fine Arts, and Brown University.