Literary Nonfiction. LGBTQIA Studies. kari's authorial 'signature' undoes the authorial body in favor of a visible obfuscation-strikethru: kari never just signed, but rather crossed out hir name and wrote NO GENDER. The erasure--well no, the palimpsestic remaking of the name into a symbol for the dismantling of enforced gender codes is a profound and provocative gesture--the name is still visible behind the NO GENDER, as if behind bars ... kari's genius moved others to their own words, art, action--following a mandate of reclaiming the very words we speak and write--writing our selves, our other(ed) bodies, into a foundational post-gender post-genre state. This book is the start of what hopefully will be a much longer conversation--from the introduction by Julian T.
Brolaski & erica kaufman. Venn Diagram Productions is the collaborative intersection between Belladonna Books and Litmus Press. This imprint actualizes our mutual commitment to publishing innovative, cross-genre, multicultural, feminist and queer work by writers and artists working beyond and between borders.
I'm NOT just saying this because I'm in this book, it's marvelous Poems, essays on kari and gender and on teaching kari, close readings of kari's work: this is a study of resistance to cultural dictates, a real live struggling, wriggling atmosphere takes shape while you read this history we cannot live without --CA Conrad
stunning book, intimate yet unsentimentally so: intimately informed & a also primer for anyone interested in edwards' work--activism AND poetry-art (how even to separate these things)--'there is an autopsy mortgage on demarcations, ' as edwards writes in iduna.--David Woloch