Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles

  • Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, Mass. in 1949, was educated in catholic schools, graduated from U. Mass. (Boston) in 1971 and moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet. She quickly became part of the reading, publishing and performance scene in the East Village, editing dodgems in the late 70s and becoming part of the community of St. Mark’s Poetry Project where she studied and was friends with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Paul Violi and Bill Zavatsky. In 1979 she was assistant to poet James Schuyler. She was Artistic Director of the Poetry Project in 1984-86. Myles is a vivid interpreter of her own work and travels widely in the US and Canada and internationally giving readings and performances. She is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction including, Snowflake/different streets (Wave Books, 2012), Sorry, Tree (Wave Books, 2007), Chelsea Girls, Not Me, Skies, The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading, Cool for You, and The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art, and Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) published by OR books and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. She wrote the libretti for Hell, an opera with music composed by Michael Webster which was performed on both coasts, 2004-2006. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She contributes to a wide number of publications including ArtForum, Bookforum, Parkett, and The Believer. She’s a Prof. Emeritus at UC San Diego where she taught for five years. She lives in New York.

  • Reviews
    Myles is a voice of reason and a voice of courage. Above all, she’s a voice of taking your art completely seriously while not taking yourself too seriously at all. —Emily Gould, Poetry Magazine

    Myles, now something of a wise yet still utterly hip elder of the poetry world, has always been the subject of her own poems, although never in a self-aggrandizing way; instead, she continually espouses a welcoming atmosphere, a narrative tone that enacts something of a friendship with her readers... —Review of Contemporary Fiction

    Whether she's writing poetry, essays, novels, or memoir, Myles is quite simply one of the best stylists in the business right now. Her voice...is so singular and specific to her that it comes back around and gathers the weight of the universal. —Paul Constant, The Stranger

    Conversational yet exact, Myles navigates contemporary landscape with seemingly effortless wit and tenderness. —Publishers Weekly

    Myles isn’t afraid to explore the impersonal truth of things. Her firm and rooted sense of the poem gives her a marvelous inner authority others fail to achieve. —Dale Smith, Bookslut

    Reviews of books by Eileen Myles

    Snowflake/different streets

    Sorry, Tree

  • -Eileen Myles’ website
    - A whole website devoted strictly to loving Eileen Myles: Fuck Yeah Eileen Myles
    - Poems, articles, recordings, and blog posts by Eileen Mylesat the Poetry Foundation

    Poems
    -“Dream”(inPoetry)
    -Three poems(in NAP)
    -“Choke”(on Poets.org)
    -“15 Minutes”(in the Rumpus)

    Articles
    -“Inside the Tour,”(in Bookforum)
    -“Eileen's Poem,”(in The Poetry Foundation)

    Interviews and Discussions
    -The Hairpin, with Edith Zimmerman
    -KCRW’s Bookwormwith Michael Silverblatt (also includes Wave authorMaggie Nelson)
    -HTMLGiant, with Christopher Higgs
    -The Rumpus, with Chelsey Johnson
    -BookForumwith Jesse Pearson
    -Vice Magazine, with Jonathan Galassi
    -Art in America Magazine, with Kayla Guthrie
    -After Ellen, with Trish Bendix
    -The Brooklyn Rail, with Jeremy Sigler




  • - Video of Eileen Myles reading and being interviewed by France 24
    - Recording of Eileen Myles reading at City Lights in San Francisco
    - Recording of Eileen Myles reading at the Hedreen Gallery in Seattle
    - Eileen Myles page on PennSound
    - Reading at State of the Union: a Poetry Reading, at the Amie & Tony James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center. Eileen was one of fifty contributors to State of the Union: 50 Political Poems
    - CABINET reading with Maggie Nelson,Wayne Koestenbaum and others.

    Reading at the Mission Laundromat:


    Reading for Small Press Traffic:


    Reading and animation by Scott Gelber:

    Reading for Poeteevee:


  • Friday APRIL 11, 2014 7:00pm

    Eileen Myles will read at Brookline Booksmith.

    279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA


    Saturday APRIL 12, 2014 3:00-5:00 pm

    Eileen Myles will read at the Gloucester Writers Center.

    Cultural Center at Rocky neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, United States


    Saturday APRIL 26 & Sunday APRIL 27, 2014

    Eileen Myles, Hoa Nguyen and many more will read at the 11th Annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival.

    Sarah Lawrence, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY


    Saturday MAY 3, 2014 8:00-10:00pm

    Eileen Myles will host the celebration of The Poetry Project's 47th spring, with performances and readings by Hilton Als, Kim Gordon, Bill Nace, Mira Gonzalez, and Shelia Heti.

    The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY


    Wednesday JUNE 11, 2014 8:00pm

    Eileen Myles will take part in the reading and celebration of the 50th anniversary edition of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems.

    The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY


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