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Edition #71: Eileen Myles Interview

Eileen Myles discusses her use of short line, the vernacular and her rhythmic inventions. She goes on to talk about her work in genres other than poetry, including fiction and art criticism and her approach to a queer poetics. In addition to many books of poetry, she is also the author of a collection of essays, The Importance of Being Iceland (Semiotext(e)), a novel, Cool for You (Soft Skull Press) and a short story collection, Chelsea Girls (Black Sparrow Books) (28 minutes).


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.