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Kathy Acker

American novelist, playwright, essayist, and poet (1947–1997)

1947   -   1997

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: City University of New York, University of California, San Diego, Brandeis University
occupation: poet, novelist, writer, university teacher, essayist, comics writer, performance artist
influenced by: William S. Burroughs

Kathy Acker (April 18, 1947 (disputed) – November 30, 1997) was an American experimental novelist, playwright, essayist, and postmodernist writer, known for her idiosyncratic and transgressive writing that dealt with themes such as childhood trauma, sexuality and rebellion. She was influenced by the Black Mountain School poets, William S. Burroughs, David Antin, Carolee Schneeman, Eleanor Antin, French critical theory, mysticism, and pornography, as well as classic literature.
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