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 50 Angela Trimbur An all-out tour de force. Arts & Culture Issue 50 On the Shelf Writer Hua Hsu on faxes and friendship. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Beauty in the Beat How rhythm shapes our lives. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Julia Bainbridge On the life-enhancing potential of not drinking alcohol. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Rhythm Doctor The pacifying effect of poetry.