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Saturday, October 28 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Memoir Keynote

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Eileen Myles is a renowned, prolific, and award-winning poet, novelist, performer, and memoirist. Poems written by—and a character based on—Myles appeared on the Emmy Award–winning show Transparent. Myles’s new memoir, Afterglow, is a portrait of their relationship with Rosie, a pit bull chosen by Myles from a litter on the street. The memoir, experimental in substance (Myles offers Rosie’s thoughts as well as their own) and structure, is an exploration of what it means to be a dog, but also what it means to grieve for a pet who becomes central to the owner’s life. According to the the starred review in Kirkus, “Myles’ work is a perfect example of what happens when you mix raw language with emotion, pets with loss, and sexuality with socioculturalism.” Myles will give a brief talk, followed by a conversation with Boston Public Library president and dog owner David Leonard.

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David Leonard

David Leonard is the president of the Boston Public Library. He first came to the the organization in 2009 as the chief technology officer. Before taking over as president, Leonard was the director of administration and technology; he also served as the acting director of administration... Read More →

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Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is a polymath artist, institution in contemporary poetry, and a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. They have written poetry, fiction, criticism, plays, performance texts, and even a libretto. They are also known as the one-time “openly female” write-in candidate for the presidency... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Emmanuel Parish Hall