Join us for an evening with one of the most influential and recognized writers working today. Eileen Myles returns to Winnipeg to read from and discuss their new book a “Working Life” (Grove/Atlantic) with host Roewan Crowe. A book signing will follow. Co-presented by McNally Robinson Booksellers, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, and through the support of the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund.
The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events at the store.
The first new collection since Evolution from the prolific poet, activist, and writer Eileen Myles, a “Working Life” unerringly captures the measure of life. Whether alone or in relationship, on city sidewalks or in the country, their lyrics always engage with permanence and mortality, danger and safety, fear and wonder. With intelligence, heart, and singular vision, a “Working Life” shows Myles working at a thrilling new pitch of their poetic and philosophical powers.
Eileen Myles (they/them, b. 1949) is a poet, novelist and art journalist whose practice of vernacular first-person writing has made them one of the most recognized writers of their generation. Pathetic Literature, which they edited, came out in Fall of 22. a “Working Life”, their newest collection of poems, is out in April. They live in New York & in Marfa, TX.
Artist Roewan Crowe is drawn to acts of radical transformation, creating intimate landscapes for strange encounters. Recently, they launched the video, “Hum of the Blue Hive” exploring queer biomimicry for vegetal relations and, the poetic score “how to listen to the heartbeat of a blue whale”. They’re currently writing, Violet’s Impossible Garden, a queer sequel to the gritty, poetic western, Quivering Land. Their paid gig: Professor at the University of Winnipeg.
From “one of the essential voices in American poetry” (New York Times) comes a rich new collection of expansive, light-footed, and cheerfully foreboding poems oddly in tune with our strange and evolving presentThe first new collection since Evolution from the prolific poet, activist, and writer Eileen Myles, a “Working Life” unerringly captures the measure of life. Whether alone or in relationship, on city sidewalks or in the country, their lyrics always engage with permanence and mortality, danger and safety, fear and wonder.a “Working Life” is a book transfixed by the everyday: the “sweet accumulation” of birds outside a window, a cup of coffee and a slice of pizza, a lover’s foot on the bed. These poems arise in the close quarters of air travel, the flashing of a landscape through a train window, or simply in a truck tooling around town, or on foot with a dog in all the places that held us during the pandemic lockdowns. Myles’s lines unabashedly sing the happy contradictions of love and sex, spill over with warnings about the not-so future world threatened by climate change and capitalism, and also find transcendent wonder in the landscapes and animals around us, and in the solitary and collective act of caring for one another and our world.With intelligence, heart, and singular vision, a “Working Life” shows Eileen Myles working at a thrilling new pitch of their poetic and philosophical powers.