The writer Kathy Acker (1947–97) is one of those few in the anglophone canon, or even near it, who opens a space for trans experiences. If trans literature, and literary studies, is to widen their ambits of aesthetic operation, one useful step would be to expand the critical study and literary experiment with such writers. The “Trans | Acker Symposium” at The New School in 2019 was a modest contribution to this project. This text introduces Acker and three of the texts from that event.

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