Discipline: Literature – nonfiction, Literature – poetry

Eileen Myles

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction, Literature – poetry
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1991, 1996, 2009, 2014, 2019

Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, and art journalist. They were born in Boston (1949) and moved to New York in 1974 to be a poet. They are the author of 21 books including evolution (poems, 2018) and Afterglow (a dog memoir) and Chelsea Girls. Their new and selected poems I Must Be Living Twice was published in 2015. They're a Guggenheim fellow and in 2014 they received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Warhol/Creative Capital, the Clark award for excellence in art writing and in 2019 they received a poetry award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. At MacDowell, Eileen completed an essay for the Joan Mitchell retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2020, wrote one good poem and worked on a novel-in-progress. They began the intro for a forthcoming anthology she’s editing entitled Pathetic Literature.

Portrait by Alice O’Malley


New Jersey

Eileen Myles worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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