Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, three books of art and cultural criticism, and most recently, After Kathy Acker – A Literary Biography, selected as one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2017. Her first novel, I Love Dick, was adapted for television. The New York Times has described her as “one of our smartest and most original writers.” Her work has been widely translated. She is a co-editor, alongside Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer, of the independent press Semiotexte, and teaches writing at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Kim Gordon has been writing and performing experimental rock music for more than three decades, in addition to her work as a visual artist, writer, and designer. In 1981, she co-founded the band Sonic Youth, for which she sang and played guitar and bass. Kim’s book of essays, Is It My Body?: Selected Texts, was published in 2014 on Sternberg Press. Her memoir, Girl In A Band, was published in 2015 to international acclaim and her visual art continues to be exhibited worldwide. Kim continues to perform solo improvisational shows as well as with ‘Body/Head’, a guitar duo with Bill Nace.
Irwin Swirnoff is a filmmaker, writer, curator, and host of Sleeves on Hearts, a weekly music and interview show on San Francisco Community Radio. He curates my gaze///yr gaze: a queer film series in San Francisco and teaches at Cal State University Monterey Bay and University of San Francisco.