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Gail J. Harris / Press

“HARRIS, Gail Born in Victoria in 1956, Gail Harris was raised in Victoria, attended University of Victoria and moved to England in 1984. A performance artist, she appeared in her own seven-minute, 16 mm film "as an evangelical reincarnation of Cleopatra" in Men: A Passion Playground, directed by Victoria-raised director Atom Egoyan. It was released in 1985 by Gale Warning Productions. She operated a turn-of-the-century bed and breakfast called Lilac House across from the Ross Bay Cemetery with her partner Clint Hutzulak, publisher and editor of artdog press. The cemetery inspired her second book, Lady ambivalence and her small, secret mansion (artdog press, 1988). This, in turn, gave rise to a 40-minute theatrical interpretation of the book that premiered in Victoria in 1988. Her first book was The blue silk underwear of the incredible Miss Rainwater (Coach House, 1986). [BCBW 2003] "Poetry"”

“... Lady ambivalence and her small, secret mansion was premiered as a 40-minute performance piece in May of 1988 as part of Theatre B.C.'s Main stage Festival. Summer/BCBW 1989] http://www.abcbookworld.com/view_author.php?id=3559”

“Lady Ambivalence and her small, secret mansion by Gail Harris This book brings back memories of the late eighties when the legendary Egyptian muse of Fairfield ( and early film-making chum of Atom Egoyan), artdog press poetess Gail Harris (alias: ‘Cow Pattie’) still lived in an old Victorian mansion near Ross Bay Cemetary... The book in question is a classic of the period, with a back cover blurb explaining its intent: ’The ghosts of a precocious schoolgirl, a feminist spinster, and a remasculated grandfather are but a few of the personas assumed by Gail Harris in this imaginative history of a Victorian house adrift at the edge of the Ross Bay Cemetery. This is Gail’s second collection of poetry and also the basis of a performance piece by the same name. http://goyodelarosa.wordpress.com/2008/01/24/lady-ambivalence-and-her-small-secret-mansion-by-gail-harris-by-goyo-de-la-rosa/ ”