The electrifying work of poet, novelist and performer Eileen Myles has long subverted the literary and cultural status quo. With beginnings in the downtown New York poetry scene of the 1970s, their canon spans 20 books of poetry, prose and fiction, including the iconic 1994 queer novel Chelsea Girls and, most recently, the wrenching Afterglow (a dog memoir). Annamarie Jagose meets the revered writer who described their work as an attempt “to dig a hole in eternity” through language.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Eileen Myles (International)

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Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Their twenty books include Afterglow (a dog memoir), Cool for You and the iconic Chelsea Girls. In 1992, Myles ran a write-in campaign for President of the United States. They have received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Andy Warhol/Creative Capital, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Shelley Prize from the PSA and four Lambda Book Awards. In 2016, Myles received the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They live in Marfa, Texas and New York.

Annamarie Jagose (Australian)

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Annamarie Jagose is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia's first university. She is internationally known as a scholar in feminist studies, lesbian/gay studies and queer theory. She is the author of four monographs, most recently Orgasmology, which uses orgasm to think queerly about questions of politics and pleasure; practice and subjectivity; agency and ethics. She is also an award-winning novelist. Her novel, Slow Water, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won the Deutz Medal for Fiction, New Zealand’s premier literary award; and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.