Princess Freak: Poems and Performance Texts

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Beyond Baroque Books, Jan 1, 2000 - Fiction - 121 pages
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Poetry. Fiction. Performance Texts. Gay and Lesbian Studies. PRINCESS FREAK is the first book by Nancy Agabian, a performance artist and writer who formed the performance art-punk-folk band Guitar Boy with Ann Perich in Los Angeles in 1998. PRINCESS FREAK documents the coming-of-age of a shy, funny, bisexual Armenian-American woman who flees the small town of Walpole, Massachusetts to tell the stories of her family. Agabian's paternal grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey in 1915, and much of the work in the book carries the impact of this devastating event. "She pays close attention to what most of us overlook--in her hands the ordinary explodes into beauty and complexity"--Holly Hughes.

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I found this hidden gem in a bookstore in San Francisco. It contains some amazing poetry and performance pieces and personal monologues about identity. It's deeply subjective, inventive and daring. Read full review

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Nancy Agabian was born in 1968 to Armenian American parents in Walpole, Massachusetts, where she grew up. She later attended Wellesley College, graduating with a studio art major. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she started writing poetry in Michelle T. Clinton's multicultural women's poetry workshop at Beyond Baroque Literary/Art Center in Venice. Over time, she created and performed several one woman shows. Her first book, PRINCESS FREAK (Beyond Baroque Books, 2000), a collection of poems and performance art texts, documents her coming of age as a "bisexual Armenian Princess Freak." For the traditional Armenian community, Princess Freak provided the much needed voice--funny, self-deprecating, and blunt--of a young woman questioning her sexuality and determining her future apart from her parents.

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