Afterglow (A Dog Memoir): a  book launch, reading and conversation with Eileen Myles, Filipa Ramos and more

Kings Place

13 Mar 2018 - 7:00 PM

Afterglow (A Dog Memoir): a book launch, reading and conversation with Eileen Myles, Filipa Ramos and more

Tickets £12.50 / £9.50 (adv.) from Kings Place

Serpentine Galleries present an evening at Kings Place with Eileen Myles on the occasion of the publication of Myles's latest book, Afterglow (A Dog Memoir). Throughout the evening, Myles, who will be reading from Afterglow, will also be joined by writer and editor Filipa Ramos and more special guests, to discuss animals, companionship and loss. Afterglow (A Dog's Memoir), Myles’ first foray into memoir, 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. 

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During the course of their sixteen years together, Eileen Myles was madly devoted to the dog’s wellbeing, especially in her final days. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie’s death, Afterglow 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, gender, romance, memory, as well as the fantastical myths we invent to get to the heart of grief.

Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including Chelsea Girls, Cool For You, and most recently, I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014. Their many honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing, the Shelley Memorial Award from The Poetry Society of America, Creative Capital’s Literature Award as well as an Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writers’ Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. They live in Marfa, TX and New York City. Their poems were featured in seasons 2 and 3 of the Emmy-winning show Transparent.

Lisbon-born Filipa Ramos is a writer and editor based in London, where she works as Editor in Chief of art-agenda. She is a Lecturer in the Experimental Film MA programme of Kingston University and in the MRes Art:Moving Image of Central Saint Martins, both in London, and works with the Master Programme of the Institut Kunst, Basel. Ramos is co-curator of Vdrome, a programme of screenings of films by visual artists and filmmakers. She was Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal and contributed to Documenta 13 (2012) and 14 (2017). She recently edited Animals (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press).


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Eileen Myles, portrait by Peggy O'Brien

Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles, Afterglow (A Dog Memoir), cover

Eileen Myles

Afterglow (A Dog Memoir)