For Nonconforming Artists, the Envelope Please

Are awards the staff of life? Of course not. But they certainly seem like food for the hungry. The list of awards is nearly endless. There are hundreds, maybe thousands for everything: brains, beauty, movies, theater, advertising, do-gooders, art, literature, patriotism, bravery, food, comedy, magic, radio, sports, chess, figure skating, dance, politics, architecture, theology, law, and so forth.

Now comes an award intended for nonconformist achievement in the arts: the Acker Awards, named for the experimental novelist Kathy Acker (1947-1997), “who in her life and work exemplified the risk-taking and uncompromising dedication that identifies the true avant garde artist.” So say Acker Awards providers Clayton Patterson and Alan Kaufman. And they’ve put together a very cool web site.

I’m told the award ceremonies will be held in New York and San Francisco, June 6, 2013, 7 p.m., local time (at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street in Manhattan, and at VIRACOCHA, 998 Valencia Street@21st in the Mission. Both ceremonies are free and open to the public.

NEW YORK CITY AWARD RECIPIENTS
​​LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Barney Rosset and Fred Jordan
​EDITORIAL: Ron Kolm and Jim Feast​
​WRITERS: Richard Kostelanetz​, Peter Lamborne Wilson, John Strausbaugh
​POETRY: Bob Holman, Steve Dalachinsky, Eileen Myles, Jim Brodey, Patricia Smith, Harry Nudel, Lionel Ziprin (Posthumous), Dorothy Firedman, Konstantin K.Kosminsky​
FICTION: Carl Watson, John Farris, Janus Eidus
NON-FICTION: Eddy Portnoy​
THEATER: Judith Malina(The Living Theater), Crystal Field (Theater For The New City), Taylor Mead, Augusto Mecharize, Hapi Phace (Mark Rizzo), Tabboo Stephen Tashjian, Peter Kwaloff
BIOGRAPHY: C.Carr
ART: Boris Lurie (Posthumous), John Evans, Jose “Cochise” Quiles, Elsa Rensaa, Dash Snow (Posthumous), Jerry Pagane, Anthony Dominguez, Peter Missing, Joe Coleman, Spider Webb
PUBLISHERS: Dan Simon (SEVEN STORIES PRESS), Jim Fleming (AUTONOMEDIA)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ira Cohen, Alice O’Malley, Paula Grimaldi-Reardon
PERFORMANCE: Tuli Kupferburg, Valery Oisteanu, Red Ed, Steve Ben Israel
VIDEO: Nelson Sullivan
FILM: Nick Zedd, Howard Guttenplan (Millenium Theater), MM Serra (FILMMAKERS COOP)
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Patricia Parker (VISION FESTIVAL), Klara Palotai, Jody Weiner, Monica Ponomarev, Lia Gangitano,
Lucien Bahaj
BUILDING PRESERVATION AWARD: Angel Orensanz
MUSIC: Danny “Lord Ezec” Singer, James “Jimmy G.” Drescher, William Parker, LAch Anti-Folk, , Razbeez (Posthumous), Joey Semz (Joe McCarthy)
VENUES: Steve Cannon (TRIBES), Hilly Crystal (CBGB), Al Orensanz and Maria Neri (ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION)
HISTORIANS IN FILM: Jeremiah Newton, Eric Ferrara

SAN FRANCISCO AWARD RECIPIENTS
​LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Hubert Selby Jr.
​​FICTION: William T. Vollmann, Peter Plate, Michelle Tea​​​​, Don Bajema, Rami Shamir, Joe Clifford​, Daniel Handler, Zarina Zabrisky
POETRY: Diane DiPrima, Sam Sax, Kim Addonizio, John Lane, Ruth Weiss, ​​ Daphne Gottlieb, Jack Micheline (posthumous)
Harold Norse (posthumous)​, David Lerner (Posthumous), William Taylor​, Ed Bowers
NON-FICTION: Gerald Nicosia, Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor, Annie Sprinkle, James Sullivan
JOURNALISM: Paul Krassner, Evan Karp, Silja J.A. Talvi, Annalee Newitz
EDITORIAL: Brenda Knight, Joe Donahue, Oscar Villalon, Amy Scholder
PUBLISHING: Felice Newman and Frederique Delacoste (CLEIS PRESS); Charles Getter and J.Brandon Loberg (7th TANGENT PRESS); V.Vale (RE/Search​)
CULTURAL ADVOCACY: Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware (LITQUAKE); Jon Siegel and Duo Von Dagrate (VIRACOCHA), Jerry Cimino (THE BEAT MUSEUM), Charles Getter and J. Brandon Loberg (16th AND MISSION), The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
BOOK CULTURE: Kristina Kearns (OURSHELVES), Eric Whittington (BIRD AND BECKETT BOOKS), Peter Maravalis (CITY LIGHTS BOOKS), Laura Sheppard (MECHANICS INSTITUTE LIBRARY)
VISUAL ART: Winston Smith, Chuck Sperry, Jon-Paul Bail, Sue Coe, Fran O’Neil, Thomas Nozkowski, Brett Amory, Matt Gonzalez​
FILM: John Waters, Sidney Peterson, Michael Sladek (Plug Ugly Films), Chris Talbott (Silent Five Productions)​
DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE: Mel Clay (Posthumous), Marina Abramovic (PAI), Daryl Henline and Peter Kodyk (Posthmous) (CONSPIRACY OF BEARDS), CUTTING BALL THEATER
DANCE: Joe Goode Performance Group​
MUSIC: Daniel Higgs, Country Joe McDonald, Fox and Woman​
​PHOTOGRAPHY: Charles Gatewood
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Sammy Dwarfobia
GALLERISTS: Justin Giarla (WHITEWALLS), Daryl Smith and Laurie Lazer (THE LUGGAGE STORE),
Deborah Munk (RECOLOGY SAN FRANCISCO ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM)​
COMIC ART: Spain Rodriguez, FLY, Mats Stromberg



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