The Georgia Review and Avid Bookshop present renowned poet Eileen Myles for their latest book Afterglow (a dog memoir). This not-to-be-missed literary event will be held on Friday, November 17, from 7:00-8:00pm in The Foundry ballroom at 295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601. While this event is free and open to the public, we encourage you to purchase a copy of the featured book or other works by Eileen Myles from Avid Bookshop before this event or from our event mobile bookshop.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Prolific and widely renowned, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work "set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match" (New York Review of Books). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie.
In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly became central to the writer's life and work. During the course of their sixteen years together, Myles was madly devoted to the dog's wellbeing, especially in her final days. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death, Afterglow (a dog memoir) launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into the true nature of the bond between pet and pet-owner. Through this lens, we witness Myles's experiences with intimacy and spirituality, celebrity and politics, alcoholism and recovery, fathers and family history, as well as the fantastical myths we spin to get to the heart of grief.
Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles's childhood puppet to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull, from lyrical transcriptions of their walks to Rosie's enlightened narration from the afterlife, Afterglow (a dog memoir) illuminates all that it can mean when we dedicate our existence to a dog.
ABOUT THE POET:
Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including Chelsea Girls and, most recently I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014. Myles's many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Art Writers' Grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing, and the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America. Myles teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, TX and New York City.
ABOUT THE GEORGIA REVIEW:
The Georgia Review seeks to create a lasting environment for literature by supporting writers at every stage of their careers. Committed to the art of editorial practice, the REVIEW collaborates with authors of essays, stories, poems, and reviews in pursuit of works of enduring appeal that engage with the evolving concerns and interests of readers from around the world. Our aim in curating content is not only to elevate literature, publishing, and the arts, but also to promote diversity and to help facilitate socially conscious partnerships in our surrounding communities. Read more about them here: www.thegeorgiareview.com