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‘I got to New York in the seventies, and I remember looking at Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen – these are working-class kids from New Jersey – and I thought, “I’ll be a working-class kid from Boston.”’
After more than 40 years in New York, Eileen Myles still reads with that broad Boston accent and remains fascinated by ideas of the constructed self. That self has been variously described as 'queer feminist literary icon', 'underground punk poet' and even, in Myles's own ironic formulation, 'your President'.
An undeniable, unclassifiable and prolific talent, Eileen Myles writes poetry, fiction (most famously, Chelsea Girls), non-fiction and art criticism. Myles was a protege of Allen Ginsberg and today is a hero to the likes of Maggie Nelson and Chris Kraus.
Myles’s latest book is Afterglow (a dog memoir). It’s a hilarious, fabulist and eloquent meditation on the life and death of the poet’s own pet dog, Rosie. ‘At the most literal level, poetry is my politics,’ Myles has said. Find out why and how with host Quinn Eades in May.
Hares & Hyenas will be our bookseller at this event.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books – most recently I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014 and a reissue of the novel Chelsea Girls – whose many honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Art Writers' Grant. Myles teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, Texas and New York City.
Quinn Eades is a researcher, writer, and poet whose work lies at the nexus of feminist and queer theories of the body, autobiography, and philosophy. Eades is published nationally and internationally, and is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, and Rallying.
Eades is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University, as well as the founding editor of Australia's only interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal, Writing from Below. He is currently working on a collection of fragments written from the transitioning body, titled Transpositions.
In 2015 Quinn Eades changed his name and gender. Prior to 2015, he was writing and speaking as Karina Quinn.
A collision of writers. An explosion of ideas. This May, explore old and new stories through great conversation: from revitalised classics to cutting-edge fiction, incisive memoir to razor-sharp perspectives on the world of today.
Take your brain out for a spin. Come face to face with Mayhem!
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