Poet and fiction writer Eileen Myles will read from her work on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Athica Gallery, 160 Tracy St. in Athens. The next day, Feb. 22, she will meet with UGA students and faculty for a coffee hour/question-and-answer session at 10:30 a.m. in Room 261 of Park Hall. Both events, sponsored by the UGA Creative Writing Program, the President’s Venture Fund, the Willson Center, Verse publication and the English department, are free and open to the public.
Myles is professor emeritus at the University of California San Diego, where she directed the writing program from 2002-2007. She has since served as the Hugo Writer at the University of Montana and as the Fannie Hurst Professor of Creative Literature at Washington University. She lives in New York.
Winner of the Shelley Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2010, Myles has published poetry since the 1970s.
Born in Boston, Myles attended Catholic schools in Arlington, Mass., and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1971. She has published poetry, fiction, essays, feminist anthologies, plays, performance pieces and libretti, including Sorry, Tree (2007), Skies (2001), on my way (2001), School of Fish (1997), Maxfield Parrish: Early and New Poems (1995), Not Me (1991), Chelsea Girls (stories, 1994), Cool for You
(a novel, 2000) and Hell (an opera in 2004).