Kurt Slauson was born in Sacramento, CA USA in 1970; his family moved from Albuquerque, NM to Ithaca, NY in 1976 where he grew up, with a summer in Madrid, Spain and a year in Bern, Switzerland, traveled widely in Europe; graduated from the University of Oregon, lived a bookstore year in Tennessee, earned his MA in English from the University of Montana, pursued PhD studies (abd) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, taught English; received an AA in Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Seattle, worked several years in the food industry; ten years in horticulture followed; he currently lives in Kelowna, BC. INCUNABULAE is his first book.
Like the chance meeting of Spy vs. Spy and Rimbaudian synesthesia on Maldoror’s operating table, Kurt Slauson’s Incunabulae registers an intuitive logic in word and image that lurks just beneath the surface of lived experience. This logic, as it emerges in these pages, is by turns desolate, exuberant, woebegone, compassionate, humorous, grim, mirthful, and always songful. Slauson’s greatest achievement, however, is that he pulls off the trick of creating in an original voice without ever lapsing into corniness, which is perhaps the hardest but most important trick an artist can perform at this point in history.