Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles, a poet best known for merging avant-garde poetics with working-class vernacular has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces since 1974. The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art was awarded the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant in 2007. The Foundation for Contemporary Art awarded her a grant for poetry in 2014; Her Inferno (a poet’s novel) is now available (in her own voice) on iTunes; in 2012 she received a Guggenheim fellowship. “Street Retreat,” her essay about living on the streets of New York City with a group of Buddhists and homeless activists will be included in this year’s Whitney Biennial.

Talks & Events

  • There are reasons for looking and feeling and thinking about things that are invisible: A two day event on New Narratives in Art Writing.

    April 4–April 5, 2014

    Building on the West Coast literary movement known as New Narrative, There are reasons for looking and feeling and thinking about things that are invisible brings together four writers at the edge of literary and contemporary art writing in the voices of Maria Fusco, Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman, and Jacob Wren.

    As a literary genre, New Narrative addresses the structure of narrative by experimenting in fragmentation, poetic strategies, and autobiographical allusions. As a formal conceit, New Narrative is an embodied form of writing, a type of creative non-fiction that relies on presence as much as memory.

    As a weekend of readings and responses in Vancouver, British Columbia, There are reasons for looking and feeling and thinking about things that are invisible aims to re-contextualize the field of contemporary art writing as both a form and a labour of creative production. Developing alongside poetry, literary, and art histories, the field of art writing is in itself a spectrum of craft and praxis to be discussed and reflected upon critically.


    April 4, 7–9 pm, Eileen Myles and Jacob Wren
    April 5, 2–5 pm, Lynne Tillman and Maria Fusco

    At the Western Front Grand Luxe Hall
    Doors will open half an hour prior. First come first serve seating. No latecomers.

    Co-presented by 221A, Artspeak, and Western Front. Organized by Amy Fung.

    The title for this event is a line from an Eileen Myles text on Martha Diamond.

  • Reading

    December 11, 2000

    New York writer Eileen Myles reads from her new novel, Cool for You (Soft Skull Press) at Artspeak Gallery.