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Other Profession(s): Poet, NoveList, Essayist, Playwright
Famous For: Provocative Writer, Avant-Garde Feminist
Kathy Acker was born in New York City in 1947 to parents Donald and Clare Lehman. Acker's father left the family three months into the unanticipated pregnancy, starting the rocky relationship between Acker and her mother because Clare always held Acker responsible for Donald's departure. Acker grew up feeling abandoned and rejected, especially by her demanding mother. Although her mother swiftly remarried, Acker was given her stepfather Albert Alexander's name as he is listed on the birth certificate.
In the 1970s, the Underground New York Literary movement produced her first works that were published. Her experiences as a stripper left their effect on these early essays. However, David Antin, Fluxus, French critical feminism, and Fluxus were some of her other influences.
Politics, Kathy Acker's debut book, was released in 1972. Both the public and critics neglected this book of essays and poems. But the New York punk music scene appreciated this piece.
She spent the early 1980s in London after the 1970s were over, where she also produced some of her most acclaimed writings. Her book Blood and Guts in High School was published in England in 1984.
Her most recent book, Pussy, King of the Pirates, was not warmly received when it was released in 1996.
Achievements and Awards:
She received the Pushcart Prize for "New York City in 1979," a short story.
The Acker Awards honor those involved in the avant-garde arts sector and are named after novelist Kathy Acker.
Karen Lehman was Kathy Acker's official title when she was younger.
On November 30, 1997, Kathy Acker passed away in a Tijuana alternative cancer treatment facility.