WHY WE WRITE
Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson
Reading and Conversation

July 12, 2016 | ALOUD @ Central Library

For twenty years, groundbreaking poets Eileen Myles (Chelsea Girls; I Must be Living Twice) and Maggie Nelson (National Book Critics Circle Award, The Argonauts) have been friends, mutual influences, and interlocutors on the experiences of living in a poetry and gender inflected writing world. Myles’ latest work—a collection of old and new poems—refracts a radical world and a compelling life. Nelson’s genre-bending memoir, The Argonauts, calls for radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking. Together on stage to read both poetry and prose, these two ground-breaking writers then will join in conversation to, as Myles says, “let thoughts rip.”

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A celebrated literary series of conversations, readings, and performances at the downtown Los Angeles Central Library, ALOUD brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles.

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A celebrated literary series of conversations, readings, and performances at the downtown Los Angeles Central Library, ALOUD brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles.

By presenting a range of authors, scientists, thinkers, and artists, the series engages Angelenos in critical civic discourse and inspires life-long learning. Events feature local as well as national and international experts in their field paired with a moderator to facilitate a dynamic discussion. Most programs are followed by a Q&A and book signing with the audience.

Curated by Louise Steinman, author and director of Cultural Programs for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, ALOUD showcases a new line-up each season informed by current events and culturally relevant and intellectually engaging topics.

ALOUD is funded by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
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