Dodie Bellamy

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Dodie Bellamy writes genre-bending works that focus on sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation, challenging the distinctions between fiction, essay, and poetry. Her most recent book is a collection of hybrid essays/memoirs, When the Sick Rule the World, from Semiotext(e), 2015. In 2014 she published The TV Sutras with Ugly Duckling Presse, which Norman Fisher has described as “part porno, part memoir (maybe), part spiritual teaching (probably not), [and] part fiction.” Her Ugly Duckling chapbook Barf Manifesto was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York. Other books include Cunt Norton, the buddhist, Academonia, Pink Steam, The Letters of Mina Harker, and Cunt-Ups, which won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. Her reflections on the Occupy Oakland movement, “The Beating of Our Hearts,” was published as a chapbook in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. With Kevin Killian she is editing for Nightboat Books Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997.

Bellamy's writing has appeared in, among others, the anthologies TrenchArt Monographs: Hurry Up Please Its Time; The Animated Reader; Please Add This To The List: Teaching Bernadette Mayer's Sonnets & Experiments; I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women; Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War 2001-2011; Life as We Show It; Mythtym; Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry; Bay Poetics; Enter At Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper; Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative; Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache; Best American Erotica 2001; High Risk; The New Fuck You; and Big Book of Erotic Ghost Stories.

Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the Chicago Review, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bookforum, Out/Look, the San Diego Reader, and Nest.  She has written creative essays for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Southern Exposure Gallery, the Fales Library & Special Collections, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Bay Area Video Coalition, the Institute for Contemporary Arts (London), and She Works Flexible (Houston).

Bellamy has won the San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Literature, has served as director of the seminal San Francisco writing lab, Small Press Traffic, and currently is a lecturer in the Creative Writing Department of San Francisco State University.

Senior Adjunct Professor, Writing

BA, MS, Indiana University