Poetry. LGBT Studies. In Eileen Myles's SORRY, TREE, every love poem is political and every political poem is, ultimately, about love. "One of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature-honest, jokey, paranoid, sentimental, mean, lyrical, tough, you name it"—Dennis Cooper.
Author City: NY USA
Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1949, was educated in Catholic schools in Arlington, graduated from UMass Boston in 1971 and moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet. She quickly became part of the reading, publishing and performance scene in the East Village, editing dodgems in the late 70s and becoming part of the community of St. Mark's Poetry Project where she studied and was friends with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Paul Violi and Bill Zavatsky. In 1979 she was assistant to poet James Schuyler. She was Artistic Director of the Poetry Project in 1984-86. Myles is a vivid interpreter of her own work and travels widely in the US and Canada and internationally giving readings and performances. In 2007, she published SORRY, TREE (Wave Books, 2007), the latest of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction including Not Me (Semiotext(e), 1991), Chelsea Girls (Black Sparrow Books, 1994), The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading (Semiotext(e), 1995), Cool for You (Soft Skull Press, 2000), Skies (Black Sparrow Books, 2001), The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (Semiotext(e), 2009) and Inferno: A Poet's Novel (OR Press, 2010). Her most recent book is SNOWFLAKE / DIFFERENT STREETS (Wave Books, 2012). She wrote the libretto for Hell, an opera with music composed by Michael Webster which was performed on both coasts, 2004-2006. In 2007 she received The Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America gave her the Shelley Memorial Award and in 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction for her novel Inferno. She contributes to a wide number of publications including ArtForum, Bookforum, Parkett, and The Believer. She is a Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego, where she taught for five years. She lives in New York.
Reviews and Other Links
Gina Myers @ Octopus Magazine
Kathleen Rooney @ Open Letters Monthly