On Thursday, May 24, 2012, at City Lights Bookstore, Eileen Myles read from Snowflake / different streets (Wave Books) and Anna Joy Springer read from The Vicious Red Relic, Love: A Fabulist Memoir (Jaded Ibis Productions).
this is the most important thing in the world
I say aloud to everything
In her first book of poetry since 2007, legendary poet, critic, and novelist Eileen Myles creates poet and poem anew as she pushes the boundaries of her craft ever closer to the enigmatic core. Snowflake finds the poet awash in an extended and distressed landscape mediated by technology and its distortion of time and space. In different streets, the poet returns home, to the familiar world of human connection.
Two books meet as one: more Eileen Myles, more indelible connection, more fleeting ecstasy.
Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1949, was educated in Catholic schools in Arlington, graduated from UMass Boston in 1971 and moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet. She quickly became part of the reading, publishing and performance scene in the East Village, editing dodgems in the late 70s and becoming part of the community of St. Mark’s Poetry Project where she studied and was friends with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Paul Violi and Bill Zavatsky. In 1979 she was assistant to poet James Schuyler. She was Artistic Director of the Poetry Project in 1984-86. Myles is a vivid interpreter of her own work and travels widely in the US and Canada and internationally giving readings and performances. In 2007, she published Sorry, Tree (Wave Books, 2007), the latest of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction including Not Me (Semiotext(e), 1991), Chelsea Girls (Black Sparrow Books, 1994), The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading (Semiotext(e), 1995), Cool for You (Soft Skull Press, 2000), Skies (Black Sparrow Books, 2001), The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (Semiotext(e), 2009) and Inferno: A Poet’s Novel (OR Press, 2010). Her most recent book is Snowflake / different streets (Wave Books, 2012). She wrote the libretto for Hell, an opera with music composed by Michael Webster which was performed on both coasts, 2004-2006. In 2007 she received The Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America gave her the Shelley Memorial Award and in 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction for her novel Inferno. She contributes to a wide number of publications including ArtForum, Bookforum, Parkett, and The Believer. She is a Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego, where she taught for five years. She lives in New York.
Anna Joy Springer is a prose writer and visual artist who makes grotesques – creating hybrid texts that combine sacred and profane elements to evoke intensely embodied conceptual-emotional experiences in readers. Formerly a singer in the Bay Area bands, Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow, Anna Joy has toured the United States and Europe being a wild feminist punk performer, and she has also toured with the all-women spoken word extravaganza, Sister Spit. She is author of the illustrated novella The Birdwisher (Birds of Lace) and a graphic narrative, In An Egg, forthcoming. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University in 2002, and she is an Assistant Professor of Literature at University of California, San Diego where she truly loves teaching courses in Experimental Writing, Graphic Texts, and Postmodern Feminist Literatures.