Dodie Bellamy

Gallery Sessions

Gallery Sessions: Dodie Bellamy

Bay Area writer Dodie Bellamy joins McEvoy Arts for a conversation about artworks and ideas in What are words worth?

Genre-bending novelist, poet, and essayist Dodie Bellamy explores visual expressions of language present in What are words worth?, McEvoy Arts’ exhibition on the written and spoken word, in an informal conversation in the gallery. Among her many contributions as a writer, Bellamy is an early pioneer of the New Narrative Literary movement, along with Kathy Acker, Dennis Cooper, Kevin Killian, and Eileen Myles. McEvoy Arts’ Exhibitions and Public Programs Curator Amanda Nudelman hosts the discussion.

Later in the fall of 2023, an essay authored by Bellamy from her experience with the exhibition will be released online by The Back Room, a publishing project of Small Press Traffic. This Gallery Session and commissioned essay are co-productions of McEvoy Arts and The Back Room at Small Press Traffic.


Dodie Bellamy is a novelist, poet, and essayist based in San Francisco. Her books and chapbooks specialize in genre-bending work that focuses on feminism, sexuality, cultural artifacts both high and low, and all things queer. In October 2021, Semiotext(e) published a new collection of Bellamy’s essays, Bee Reaved, and a new edition of her 1998 vampire novel, The Letters of Mina Harker. Bellamy currently teaches at California College of the Arts.

Gallery Sessions: Dodie Bellamy is presented by McEvoy Foundation for the Arts with The Back Room at Small Press Traffic.