Monday, May 27, 2013

Announcing the First Annual Acker Awards for Avant Garde Excellence

The Acker Awards, created in honor of the late, great writer Kathy Acker, is a new award ceremony honoring underground artists in various cities. From the Acker Awards website:
"The Acker Awards is a tribute given to members of the avant garde arts community who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline in defiance of convention, or else served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways. The award is named after novelist Kathy Acker who in her life and work exemplified the risk-taking and uncompromising dedication that identifies the true avant garde artist." 
This year the Awards will be presented to artists and writers in New York and San Francisco, and soon it will branch out to more cities. The award is given to avant garde artists, by avant garde artists, and is concerned with offering recognition and fostering community rather than doling out academic prestige or money.

Two ceremonies will be held simultaneously on Thursday, June 6, at 7:00pm on two coasts:

San Francisco: Viracocha, 998 Valencia, the Mission District
New York: Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side

Admission is Free.

The Acker Awards was created by and co-produced by Alan Kaufman (author of Drunken Angel and editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry) and Clayton Patterson (co-editor of Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side, artist and photographer).

Please read more about The Acker Awards here:

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