Eileen Myles will present The Collection of Silence, a baroque site-specific work around the possibilities of silence as central to the syntax and punctuation of everyday life. A diverse group of poets will present short pieces at various locations on the outdoor plaza of Audubon Terrace, where they will be joined by a group of students from PS4. Also accompanied by dancers, Buddhists, an opera singer, and a life drawing class, this mute and active gathering will demonstrate and celebrate the collective power of silence and the capacity of an unvoiced poem to serve the communal purposes of public life. Participants include poets Charles Bernstein, Stephanie Gray, Tim Liu, Monica De la Torre, and Rachel Zolf, Christine Hou, and Julie Patton, dancer-choreographer Christine Elmo, The Village Zendo, and soprano Juliana Snapper. The silent texts will be available in a bilingual edition at the performance.
Eileen Myles is a poet (Sorry, Tree), who writes fiction (Cool for You), and a performer and libretticist whose opera "Hell" (with composer Michael Webster) was performed on both coasts in 2004 and again in 2006. From 2002-2007, she directed the writing program at the University of California, San Diego, and is currently Professor Emeritus of Writing & Literature there. The Importance of Being Iceland, a collection of writings on art, culture, and queerness for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant, will be out in July from Semiotext(e)/MIT. She lives in New York.