Kenneth King is an author and multimedia artist. He lives in New York City and has performed widely there and in international venues.
“The world has finally caught up with Kenneth King, whose poetics of technology were always transmitted … with prescience as a model for how we would all live and talk one day. There is something right in this hardly best of all possible worlds when it makes room for an artist of Mr. King’s originality.” —New York Times, (“Technology’s Poet (and Prophet) Comes Into His Own”)
“A profoundly original mind from the beginnings of his professional career… brilliant writings.” —Richard Kostelanetz, Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes
“Kenneth King‘s writing is inimitable… poetic, surprising, energizing, intricate, wry, resonant and marvelously full of word wit.” —Sally Banes, author of Terpsichore in Sneakers
“Red Fog is full of ideas and very good writing… it's a highly imaginative and original work.” —Jonathan Galassi, President and Publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux and author of Muse
“Red Fog is an exceptional work… I am stunned again and again with the energy of the writing, the absolute beauty of the words…The pace catches you up, a whirlwind of ideas and all of them clear and intriguing. Red Fog is everything a novel of ideas should be.” —Dina von Zweck, former Director of Publishing at CBS Inc. and author of Mica’s Brain
Bring on the Phantoms: “A story of New York City politics mired in sexual secrets and greed… A fast-talking, passionate view of a seedy world of lies, corruption, and sexual intrigue. This is an engrossing book, twisting and turning in every way possible—linguistically, sexually, and narratively.” —Kirkus Reviews
Bring on the Phantoms: “Great book. Racy, smart, surprising, and educational. Everything you ever wondered about walking on the wild side.” —Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer
Bring on the Phantoms: “It’s intriguing the way you balance the maze of political chicanery, cover-ups, and conspiracy theories with a tough-talking Mickey-Spillane-type detective story… a whiff of the bildungsroman leaks into the proceedings too.” —Deborah Jowitt, author of Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance
Writing in Motion: Body—Language—Technology: “…filled with his special wit and his immense erudition… Just open the book at any point, and you’ll find remarks which will start your own imagination racing with associations and connections. Kenneth King, as a choreographer and a writer, is a treasure, and his book is a stimulating encounter with a great mind with the ability to translate his thoughts into both words and movement.” —Daryl Chin, author, critic, Fellow at the International Research Center
Writing in Motion: Body—Language—Technology: “…every page of this collection of his essays and performance texts swims in an intellectual stream where the water runs thick and swift. Steeped in Marshall McLuhan, Susanne K. Langer, Marcel Duchamp (and a dozen other philosophers)… King surveys a wide range of subjects… [H]e is capable of flashing a devastating wit. By perusing these fifteen pieces, the reader can synthesize a deeply personal aesthetic.” —Dance Magazine
“Readers who stumble across Kenneth King’s first book, Writing in Motion: Body—Language—Technology, may decide to pay more attention to their feet, if not their language. Poets, in particular, may find themselves unexpectedly captivated by this dancer’s idea of how to get around in a line of type. King adopts a playful prose style that… derives partly from his sensitivity to the moment when exposition interferes with spontaneity, obstructing the natural tendency of words (and movement) to shoot off in unexpected directions… His book provokes as many questions about reading as it does about writing… His successors have their work cut out for them.” —Nancy G. Moore, PAJ (Performing Arts Journal)
My writings have also appeared in The Paris Review, The Chicago Review, The Antioch Review, /nor (New Ohio Review), Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy, Art & Cinema, Shantih: The Literature of Soho, Hotel Amerika, Rio Grande Review, Movement Research Performance Journal, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Semiotext(e), Film Culture, Soho Weekly News, Dance Magazine, File, eddy, Gay and Lesbian Journal Worldwide, Ballet Review, Panache; and in the anthologies Merce Cunningham: Dancing in Space and Time, The Young American Writers, The New American Arts, Text-Sound Texts, Footnotes: Six Choreographers Inscribe the Page, Further Steps: Fifteen Choreographers on Modern Dance, Further Steps 2: Fourteen Choreographers on What’s the R.A.G.E. in Modern Dance, and The New American Cinema.
CLUB LIGHTHOUSE PUBLISHING
Club Lighthouse Publishing, Canada/USA was founded in 2006 in Toronto by Terrie Balmer, an author and accomplished painter, and began as an authors’ co-op to utilize the opportunities afforded by the Internet as a publishing alternative. Currently CLP has published more than a hundred authors’ approximately four-hundred books. As Club Lighthouse’s CEO and executive editor, Terrie Balmer is singular for designing unusually imaginative book covers and book art. James Wason, an author as well on the American side, is the technical wiz who adapts the e-publishing formats for Amazon’s CreateSpace paperback editions so CLP authors can be read on screens or between two covers.
Photos this page: Johan Elbers. Site design: Grant King