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Eileen Myles

B.A. (University of Massachusetts)

Professor Emeritus of Fiction Writing


Guggenheim Fellow

Poetry Writing, Short Fiction, Poet's Novel, Writing between Genres, The Libretto, and Pathetic Literature

Eileen Myles has written thousands of poems since she gave her first reading at CBGB’s in 1974. She is currently writing a novel called The Inferno about the hell of being a female poet. And she’s collaborating with LA composer Michael Webster on an opera called Hell. In a recent profile The New York Times described Myles as "a cult figure to a generation of post-punk females forming their own literary avant garde." She was the artistic director of St. Mark's Poetry Project in the 80s, conducted an openly female write in campaign for President of the United States in 1992, and has read and performed her work all over the US and in Russia, Iceland, Ireland and Germany. In 1997 and ‘98 Eileen Myles toured with Sister Spit's Rambling Road Show. She curates Scout, a series of readings and performances at Participant Inc. in New York. Her articles and reviews appear regularly in The Nation, Book Forum, Index, Art in America, The Village Voice, Nest and The Stranger.

Selected Publications:

"Susan Minot: Rapture", Bookforum, Apr. 2002.

Not Betsy Ross: Lisa Robertson, Dodie Bellamy and Honor: Moore," The Nation, March 11, 2002.

Skies, (poetry) Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow, 2001

on my way, Cambridge, MA: Faux Press, 2001

Cool for You, (novel) NY: Soft Skull, 2000

School of Fish. (poetry) Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow, 1997.

Maxfield Parrish/early & new poems. Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow, 1995.

The New Fuck You/Adventures in Lesbian Reading, eds. Eileen Myles and Liz Kotz. NY: Semiotext(e), 1995.

Chelsea Girls. (Fiction). Santa Rosa, CA Black Sparrow, 1994.

Not Me. NY: Semiotext(e), 1991.