Eileen Myles has been called both "the rock star of modern poetry," "a cult figure to a generation of post-punk females forming their own literary avant garde," and "the native informant of living life punkily on the streets."
Myles headed to New York City after leaving the University of Massachussets, and quickly became fast friends with Allen Ginsberg. She became part of the turbulent punk and art scene that animated Manhattan’s East Village. From 1977-79 she edited a poetry magazine and wrote, acted in, and directed plays.
Always, she has been a virtuoso performer of her poetry. She’s read to audiences at colleges across America as well as in continental Europe, Iceland, and Russia. In 1992 she conducted an openly female write-in campaign for President of the United States.
Her books include Skies, on my way, Cool for You, School of Fish, Maxfield Parrish, Not Me, and Chelsea Girls.
In 1995, with Liz Kotz, she edited The New Fuck You (Adventures in Lesbian Reading). She’s also a frequent contributor to The Village Voice, The Nation, and The Stranger. Listen to a sampling of Myles reading her poems here.
Eileen Myles will be hanging out at the 2007 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, July 15-22, and will give a reading on Tuesday, July 17, at 7:30 pm at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater.