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Poet, Novelist, and Art Journalist Eileen Myles ‘71 Reads from Her Work

Eileen Myles
Event Date: December 02, 2014 - 3 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3540

Eileen Myles has been called “one of the most restless minds in contemporary lit.” She'll read from her work at this event sponsored by the Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations, the Departments of Political Science, American StudiesWomen’s and Gender Studies, English, and the Honors College.

Myles has published eighteen collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including the novel Inferno, which opens at UMass Boston. The Importance of Being Iceland (2009), a collection of “travel essays in art,” was awarded a Warhol/Creative Capital Art Writers Grant and her art essays were included in this year’s Whitney and Liverpool biennials. She was artistic director of the St. Mark’s  Poetry Project (1984–86) and, in 1991, ran a write-in campaign as an “openly female” candidate for president. She has toured with the LGBT performance group Sister Spit, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012, and, in 2014, received a Foundation for Contemporary Art grant for poetry. Her selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice, and a reissue of the cult classic Chelsea Girls, which fictionalizes her experiences in the ’70s in New York City’s East Village and growing up in Massachusetts in the 50s and 60s, will be out in 2015 from Ecco/HarperCollins. Eileen Myles is professor emeritus at UC San Diego and currently teaches at NYU.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.

Tags: alumni, poetry