May 2013

Tim Kinsella, Fiction; Chicago, IL – “My first novel, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense (Featherproof Books 2011) was named among the Best Chicago Books of 2011 by CBS Chicago, praised by Lit Stack and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and listed on Flavorpill’s Most Exciting New Books. I have an MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my essays and reviews have appeared in The Chicago Reader, Stop Smiling, and many other smaller publications. 
Since forming in 1996, my band Joan of Arc has released more than two-dozen records, all of them connected, but each utilizing different strategies and means. We continue to tour internationally on a regular basis, often performing in unique spaces including museums, galleries, film festivals, and recently in London, even at a philosophy conference, “How Performance Thinks.” In 2006 I wrote and directed a feature film, Orchard Vale, which was the Opening Night feature for the Chicago Underground Film Festival and later screened in Berlin and Tokyo. Short films of mine have premiered at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival and The Movieside Film Festival. An installation of mine, “A Parading Maze,” was exhibited at The Brown Gallery, London in 2009. My work has been covered by The New York Times, The Village Voice, National Public Radio and countless others.”

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