Eileen Myles


Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge MA in 1949, attended catholic schools in Arlington and graduated from UMass (Boston) in 1971. She came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Vote here. Her most recent book is Snowflake/different streets (Wave Books, 2012). Her poetic education took place at St. Mark's Poetry Project from 1975-77 in workshops lead by Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan and Paul Violi and by attending hundreds of readings for about ten years mostly at St. Mark’s Poetry Project and then for the rest of her life.


In 1977 and 79 she published issues of dodgems, a poetry magazine which presented a collision of New York School, Language Poetry, performance texts, unconventional prose as well as tossed off notes from neighbors and celebrities. Jacket will soon if not already do a scan of and interview about dodgems. She co-edited in 1977 the feminist anthology Ladies Museum (w Timmons, Kraut, Rower and Notley) and in 1979 she worked as assistant to poet James Schuyler.

Other books include The Importance of Being Iceland/travel essays in art ,(2009) Sorry, Tree (poetry) 2007, Tow w/ artist Larry C. Collins (2005), Skies (2001), on my way (2001), Cool for You (novel, 2000), School of Fish (1997), Maxfield Parrish (1995), Not Me (1991), and Chelsea Girls (stories, 1994). In 1995, with Liz Kotz, she edited The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading. From 1984 through 1986 Eileen was Artistic Director of St. Mark's Poetry Project.

Eileen is a Professor Emeritus of writing & literature at UC San Diego where she directed the program from 2002 to 2007. Most recently she has taught in Columbia’s MFA program and a bunch at NYU grad & undergrad including at NYU Florence. She’s a frequent (this summer for instance) teacher/participant at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Co and for the SLS seminars. She’ll be teaching at Disquiet in Lisbon summer 2015. As an art journalist she contributes to a wide number of publications including Art Forum, Bookforum, Parkett, The Believer, Vice, Cabinet, The Nation, TimeOut, Book Forum and AnOther Magazine and has written catalogue essays for the Whitney & the Liverpool Biennials as well as on Zoe Leonard, Cathy Opie, K8 Hardy, Oscar Tuazon, Sadie Benning & Emily Roydson.

In 2007 Eileen received an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant for “Iceland.” Her Inferno received a Lambda Book Award for lesbian fiction in 2011. The Poetry Society of America awarded her the Shelley Prize in 2010. In 2012 she received a Guggenheim fellowship in non-fiction to write her forthcoming dog memoir Afterglow. She is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2014 recipient. Most recently Infernoreceived a Slate/Whiting Second Novel Award. In fall 2015 Ecco/HarperCollins will published I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems 1975-2013 as well as re-issuing Chelsea Girls. She lives in New York.