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Tim Miller, FF Alumn, new book to be released this March, 2002.

I'm very excited about my new book that's coming out in March from University of Wisconsin Press. It's called BODY BLOWS and is a collection of scripts of six my full-evening performances 1987-2001. There's a really wonderful intro to the book by Tony Kushner and essays by me on each of the performances. Tons of fotos from my performances. Here's the link at Wisconsin Press!

Here's description of my book below and a JPG of the cover is attached. I'm off to Cincinnati Playhouse this week and then a residency at University of Arizona in February. Best wishes for 2002. Tim Miller


Body Blows
Six Performances by Tim Miller

"Tim Miller sings that song of the self which interrogates, with explosive, exploding, subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and borderlines of selfhood. . . . You don't think you need to hear such singing? You do! You must! Read the book!" Tony Kushner, playwright of Angels in America, from the foreword

Hailed for his humor and passion, the internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller has delighted, shocked, and emboldened audiences all over the world. Body Blows gathers six of Miller's best-known performances that chart the sexual, spiritual, and political topography of his identity as a gay man: Some Golden States, Stretch Marks, My Queer Body, Naked Breath, Fruit Cocktail, and Glory Box. In Body Blows, Tim Miller leaps from the stage to the page, as each performance script is illustrated with striking photographs and accompanied by Miller's notes and comment.

This book explores the tangible body blows "taken and given"of Miller's life and times as explored in his performances: the queer-basher's blow, the sweet blowing breath of a lover, the below-the-belt blow of HIV/AIDS, the psychic blows from a society that disrespects the humanity of lesbian and gay relationships. Miller's performances are full of the put-up-your-dukes and stand-your-ground of such day-to-day blows that make up being gay in America.

"The power of Tim Miller's performances lies in his sharp mind and gentle heart, his capacity for being angry and funny and self-critical all at once. One senses immediately that he can be trusted, even when he leads us into unknown territory. His passion is utterly contagious."Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City

Tim Miller is the author of the book Shirts & Skin and his performance texts have appeared in the play collections O Solo Homo and Sharing the Delirium. He teaches performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Theater and is co-founder of Performance Space 122 in New York City and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California. In 1990, Miller was awarded a solo performer fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts and became known as one of the "NEA Four" when the grant was withdrawn under political pressure. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner Alistair McCartney.

Dona Ann McAdams is a photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, London Times, Time, Stern, Aperture, and many other publications, and in numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

February 2002
272 pp. 33 b/w photographs 6 x 9
ISBN 0-299-17680-0 Cloth $32.95s
ISBN 0-299-17684-3 Paper $16.95t