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at Athenaeum Theatre

Your President, Eileen Myles

‘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.


Portrait of Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles

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.

Portrait of Quinn Eades

Quinn Eades

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.


An alchemy of writers. An explosion of ideas.

Do you like your military history with a side of hip-hop? How about fabulist fiction beside trailblazing journalism? This May, take your brain out for a spin. You’ll meet Pulitzer-winners, YA stars, eminent historians, poets, rappers and some of the world’s best living novelists.

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Logos of partner organisations: Sydney Writers Festival, Auckland Writers Festival, State Library Victoria, State Library of Queensland, Byron Writers Festival and 3RRR


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