Eileen Myles is a writer of poetry, plays, fiction, non-fiction and theatre pieces and has been a leading voice in progressive gender politics for the last 30 years.
Eileen moved to New York City in 1974 where they rubbed shoulders with some of America's leading poets including Alice Notley, James Schuyler and Allen Ginsberg. From 1984 to 1986 Eileen was the artistic director of St. Mark's Poetry Project. Part performance piece, part serious campaign, in 1992 Eileen campaigned for presidency, sparking wider conversation about who could be considered the leader of the free world.
Eileen has published twenty volumes of poetry and fiction, and a collection of their non-fiction writings titled The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art. Eileen has received more awards than we have space to list, including the 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.
“People have started using the word legend when talking about her life and work” New York Magazine