November 2, 2010

Eileen Myles: Book Launch

Insti Tute-Wgs is thrilled to join forces with Plug In ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art) to welcome poet Eileen Myles for a reading and launch at 7:00 p. m. on November 12 at 460 Portage Avenue of her new book Inferno, which chronicles the adventures of a female writer. 

Eileen Myles graduated from UMass (Boston) in 1971.  She came to New York in 1974 to be a poet.  In 1977 and 79 she published issues of dodgems, a poetry magazine.  From 1984 through 1986 Myles was Artistic Director of St. Mark's Poetry Project.

Myles co-edited the feminist anthology Ladies Museum and was a founding member of the Lost Texans Collective which produced Joan of Arc a spiritual entertainment and Patriarchy, a play. 
Following these were solo performances: Leaving New York, Life and Summer in Russia.  Her plays Feeling Blue Parts 1, 2, & 3; Modern Art; and Our Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz were all produced.  In 2004 she wrote the libretto for the opera, Hell

Myles first became known to many people for her openly female write-in campaign for President of the United States in 1991-92.  In 1995, with Liz Kotz, she edited The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading.

Her books include The Importance of Being Iceland/travel essays in art (for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital art writing grant), Sorry, Tree; Tow; Skies; on my way; Cool for You; School of Fish; Maxfield Parrish; Not Me, and Chelsea Girls

Myles contributes to a wide number of publications including Art Forum, Parkett, The Believer, Vice, Cabinet, The Nation, TimeOut, Book Forum and AnOther Magazine.  The Poetry Society of American awarded her the Shelley Prize in 2010.  In Spring, 2010 she was the Hugo Writer at U. of Montana.  This month she will be Fannie Hurst Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.   

She is a Professor Emeritus of writing & literature at UC San Diego and lives in New York.

Have a great day.  How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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