Lannan Foundation Presents: Eileen Myles & Dan Chiasson (offsite)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Lannan Foundation (in conjunction with Collected Works) hosts a conversation between acclaimed poets Eileen Myles and Dan Chiasson at the Lensic Theatre. For tickets and further information go to

About the Presenters:

Eileen Myles is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Snowflake/different streets, Sorry, Tree, Chelsea Girls, Not Me, Skies, Cool for You, The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art, and Inferno: A Poet’s Novel, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, and coeditor of The New Fuck You/Adventures in Lesbian Reading. Her autobiographical novel Chelsea Girls, originally published in 1994 and reissued in 2015, brings together snapshot-like memories from her 1960s Catholic upbringing with an alcoholic father, her difficult teen years, her committed embrace of lesbianism, and her life as a poet in 1970s New York, which she describes as “a glowing cord of drunkenness and sex.” Myles’s book I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975–2014, was described by John Ashbery as being “like a gasp of fresh air in the turbulent urban environment she writes from.” Myles has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She contributes to a wide number of publications, including ArtForum, Bookforum, Parkett, and The Believer. Myles lives in New York and Marfa, Texas, and is a professor emeritus at the University of California–San Diego.

Dan Chiasson is a poet, critic, and journalist and the author of five books, including Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon, and Bicentennial, featuring poems that summon the author’s 1970s childhood in Vermont. Chiasson’s poetry has been published in The New Yorker, and he currently serves as the magazine’s poetry critic. His One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America, a book of criticism, was published in 2006. Chiasson has received a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at Wellesley College and is working on a children’s book titled The Moonkeeper’s Son.