Serendipity marked Eileen Myles’ discovery of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project upon moving to New York City in 1974. Hosting readings by Allen Ginsberg and workshops taught by Alice Notley, the Poetry Project gave Myles a poetic education that complemented a long-held passion for literature, performance, music, and creative communities. The writing career that resulted resists fixed definitions and includes lauded poetry collections such as Not Me, the autobiographical novel Chelsea Girls and the genre-defying Afterglow: A Dog Memoir, which This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 39 Archive: Jean Stein Annick Weber chronicles the life of one of New York’s great storytellers. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Susanna Moore The sharp-eyed writer on high society and her supermodel past. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Anne Tyler The author of sprawling family dramas on her own epic half-century of writing. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Cult Rooms On a barren stretch of British coastline, Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage is a bold celebration of beauty against all odds. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Peer Review Michelle Dean, author of Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion celebrates Renata Adler. Arts & Culture Issue 36 Ocean Vuong The poet and novelist avoiding definitive endings.