INTERVIEW: Out Poet Kevin Killian on His Fascination With Kylie, Visiting Whitman, and the “Tsunami of Genitalia” He’s Bringing to Philly

Kevin Killian is a multi-talented writer who uses his novels, poetry, plays, and stories to talk about LGBT issues from the past and the present. I got a chance to interview him before his reading at Temple’s Tyler School of Art on Thursday, January 29th. I highly recommend going to this event if you enjoy a reading that is “queer and weird.”  You can buy copies of his publications here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow would you define your style of poetry for someone who isn’t familiar with your work?
I am from the East Coast and grew up listening to the poetry of folks like Frank O’Hara and Amiri Baraka, so I have a conversational, some might say musical rhythm to my poems, even down to the level of the line itself, and when later in life I moved to San Francisco I became bitten by the Jack Spicer bug, the theory of poetry as coming from some force outside the lyric self I had spent the first half of my life trying to get to. So I’m like a two-way street, and the two ways of the street don’t even see each other most of the time, they just drive on by.

LGBT themes play a role in the majority of your work. Why did you decide to stick so closely to that genre?
Maybe that was the priority of my generation, men and women born in the 1950s? Our sexualities were completely, or nearly completely, suppressed by the heteronormative majority. When, here and there, we could say something, we did, and resolved never to shut up about it, come hell or high water. I don’t even know that I’d call them “themes,” but they’re formal qualities perhaps.

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6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Chilly Cheeks 7-Miler, Hip-Hop Yoga, Free Workouts at Hotel Monaco and More

Photo via Ron Horn/Facebook

Chilly Cheeks 7-Mile Trail Run | Photo via Ron Horn/Facebook

Starting to think about the weekend? Us, too! If you’re hoping to figure in some time working up a sweat, you’ve come to the right place. There are a handful of fun fitness activities to keep you more than occupied this weekend. Just remember: There’s a chance of snow on Friday evening and into Saturday, so be sure to keep an eye out for any last-minute cancellations or changes to the events below.

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Things to Do in Philly in January: Northern Arms, Al Pacino, Future Islands and More

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Northern Arms | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Northern Arms | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

Northern Arms: After 10 years of infighting, battles with addiction, and bandleader Keith Richard Peirce’s self-imposed exile to a remote part of Florida accessible only by boat or small aircraft, this Philadelphia dectet finally managed to release an album last year, and it was nothing short of fantastic, with a beautifully lush and moody sound—equal parts Tom Waits, Sergio Leone soundtracks and David Bowie. So Peirce (center) was quick to return to Fishtown’s storied Miner Street Recordings, where he and the crew began working on their follow-up in November. “The sound will be big but stark,” promises Peirce, 40, pegging late May as the release date. “I see ghost towns, loners and wide-open ranges. A dark West.” Hear songs from both albums at their Art Museum performance this month. January 9th, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Weekend Roundup: LGBT Night at Nutcracker Market, Night of 100 Queens, Gay Ice Skating and More


  • Get your drag queen fix at the Trocadero in Night of 100 Queens. |

    Get your drag queen fix at the Trocadero in Night of 100 Queens. |

    Night of 100 Queens is upon us: Watch as drag queens from every nook and cranny of the city (I think the number is actually 82 now) will gather at the Trocadero in the attempt to beat the Guinness Book of World Record for “Largest Drag Queen Show.”

  • PA Ballet hosts its first-ever LGBT Night at Nutcracker Market on Friday. Besides shopping, there will be a special performance by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (no doubt singing some of the numbers from their recent holiday hoedown), a meet-and-greet with Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, and food and cocktails from the Garces group. Should be a fun, festive night—and something a little outside the box. We hope to see you there!
  • Jonathan Hernandez, Mary Vice and Mister E join Philly burlesque queen Lascivious Jane for Mama’s House: “Philly’s tastiest all-female cabaret.”
  • DJ Robert Drake spins at the final Sex Dwarf of 2014, an evening that celebrates new wave one-hit wonders.

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6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Rudolph Run, Threshold Training, Jingle Bell Boot Camp and More

Ugly Sweater Run | Photo via Facebook

Ugly Sweater Run | Photo via Facebook

TGI(almost)F! Yes, we start the weekend celebration on Thursday around these parts, but that’s because we want to give you enough time to get your fitness calendar in order. This weekend, you can choose from lots of fun activities on the roster. Check out our picks below.

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PHOTOS: Philly Christmas Village Grand Opening

Philly’s annual Christmas Village got the grand opening treatment on Saturday with a celebration in LOVE Park. The holiday destination was christened by “the official Christkind from Germany,” musical performances and cups and cups of mulled wine. Check out some photos below.

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