Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1949, was educated in Catholic schools, graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 1971, and moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet. She gave her first reading at CBGB's, and then gravitated to St. Mark's church where she studied with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley and Bill Zavatsky. She has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry and fiction including Not Me (1991), Chelsea Girls (1994), Cool for You (2000), and Skies (2001). Recent books include Sorry, Tree (2007), The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (2009), and Inferno: a poet's novel (2010). Eileen has also written for the Poetry Foundation's blog, Harriet.
In October-December 2011, Myles was a featured writer on Harriet.
Poems By EILEEN MYLES
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Audio & PodcastsThe Poetry Magazine Podcast
December 2013: Bring a Poetry Book
Poems from Emilia Phillips, Tomás Q. Morín, Eileen Myles, and more.
Eileen Myles for President
The politics and poetry of a groundbreaking author.
Poem Before the Event
A pair of poems about September 11th, written before the planes were even in the air.
Poem Going Down the Drain: A Discussion of Eileen Myles’s "Snakes"
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Charles Alexander, Sarah Dowling, and Michelle Taransky.
The Women of the Avant-Garde
Sound clips from Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson, Caroline Bergvall, Denise Levertov, Lydia Lunch, Patti Smith, Eileen Myles, and many more.