Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles © Photo by Christopher Ferguson

Eileen Myles (b. 1949) is a LAMBDA Literary Award-winning American poet and writer who has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces over the last three decades. Myles was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was educated at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. They moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet, and subsequently a novelist, art journalist, and writer of libretti. They gravitated to the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, where they studied with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Paul Violi, and Bill Zavatsky. From 1984 to 1986 Eileen was the artistic director of St. Mark's Poetry Project. Myles is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2011, Myles was a featured writer on Harriet. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. Since 2019 they are teaching at New York University and Naropa University. Myles's recent film, 'The Trip', can be seen on YouTube. They live in New York City and Marfa, Texas.


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