Eileen Myles operates in the art, writing, and queer performance scenes as a kind of observant flaneur. She is a poet, novelist, and performer who has written extensively on art and writing and the cultural scene. Her experiences range from participation in workshops lead by Alice Notley and Ted Berrigan, to interactions with the East Village art scene of the 1980’s, and running for President of the United States in 1992. The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (2009), a collection of essays on art, poetry and politics, was awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant. Her most recent book, Inferno (a poet’s novel) (OR books, 2010), chronicles the coming of age story of a female writer discovering both her sexuality and creative drive in New York City during its punk and indie heyday.