Eileen Myles

We are thrilled to host with Avid Bookshop a reading by the legendary Eileen Myles. Join us! This event is free and open to the public.

Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer, and art journalist. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1949, they attended Catholic schools in Arlington, MA, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Boston). In 1974, they came to New York to be a poet. Their poetic education primarily took place at St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1975 to 1977, through attending readings and participating in workshops led by Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan, Bill Zavatsky and Paul Violi.

From 1977 to 1979, Myles published dodgems, a poetry magazine that represented a collision of New York School, Language Poetry, performance texts, unconventional prose, as well as tossed-off notes from neighbors and celebrities. In 1977, Eileen co-edited the feminist anthology Ladies Museum, and in 1979 worked as an assistant to poet James Schuyler. That same year, Eileen Myles was a founding member of the Los Texans Collective (along with Elinor Nauen and Barbara McKay), which went on to produce the play Patriarchy and the spiritual entertainment Joan of Arc. From 1984 to 1986, Myles was the artistic director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project.

Myles has toured and read all over North America and the world on and off since the early 1980s. Their solo performances include Leaving New York (1989), Life (1991), and Summer in Russia (1996) at PS 122 in New York. Myles’s plays include Feeling Blue (Parts 1, 2, and 3) at Modern Art, and Our Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, written for Alina Troyano and produced at PS 122. In 2004, Eileen Myles wrote the libretto for the opera Hell, composed by Michael Webster. In 2010, they created and directed their Dia Center for the Arts performance piece, The Collection of Silence, which involved dancers, poets, children, visual artists, and Buddhists in a collective public act of silence at the Hispanic Society in New York.

Myles is the author of twenty books, including Afterglow (a dog memoir), Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. As a poet and art journalist, they have contributed to a wide number of publications including Art Forum, the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Believer, Vice, Cabinet, The Nation, the New York Times, the Paris ReviewAnOther Magazine,and the Poetry Project Newsletter. Currently they teach at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa, TX, and New York City.