FOR NOW by Eileen Myles Launches September 22, 2020


FOR NOW by Eileen Myles Launches September 22, 2020

August 12, 2020

For Now, the latest entry in our Why I Write series, will be published on September 22, 2020 by Yale University Press.

In this raucous meditation, Eileen Myles 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 neighbors, 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.

“[Myles] has a good time journeying through Hell, and like a hip Virgil . . . is happy to show us the way.” CRAIG MORGAN TEICHER, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO