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For Now: Eileen Myles in Conversation with Isabel Waidner
November 10, 2020 @ 19:30 – 21:00 GMT
We are very excited to welcome Eileen Myles for a virtual event to discuss their new book, FOR NOW, with Isabel Waidner. The conversation will be streaming via Instagram Live.
In FOR NOW, Eileen Myles addresses the social, political, and aesthetic conditions that shape their work, and offers an intimate glimpse into creativity’s immediacy. With erudition and wit, Myles recounts their early years as an awakening writer; existential struggles with landlords; storied moments with neighbours, friends, and lovers; and the textures and identities of cities and the country that reveal the nature of writing as presence in time.
For Myles, time’s “optic quality” is what enables writing in the first place—as attention, as devotion, as excess. It is this chronologized vision that enables the writer to love the world as it presently is, lending love a linguistic permanence amid social and political systems that threaten to eradicate it. Irreverent, generous, and always insightful, FOR NOW is a candid record of the creative process from one of our most beloved artists.
Eileen Myles is an acclaimed poet and writer who has published over twenty works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and libretto. Their prizes and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital grant, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Their latest book, For Now, is published by Yale University Press.
Isabel Waidner is a writer and critical theorist. Their novels We Are Made of Diamond Stuff (2019) and Gaudy Bauble (2017) were shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, the Republic of Consciousness Prize (2x), and won the Internationale Literaturpreis. Waidner is a curator of the event series Queers Read This at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, and their next novel Sterling Karat Gold is forthcoming with Peninsula Press in Spring 2021.