Not-me-ness: Eileen Myles and Davy Knittle
PennSound podcast #68
Davy Knittle and Eileen Myles had a conversation at Myles’s home in the East Village in New York City in August, 2018, for this PennSound podcast. Their discussion began in the midst of an exchange about Myles’s 1991 collection Not Me and changes in their neighborhood at the time. Conversation topics spanned “not-me-ness,” gender, capitalism, sexuality, perception, and observation, among others.
Davy Knittle (he/they) is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He works in the fields of feminist, queer, and trans theory, urban environmental humanities, and multiethnic US writing. His critical work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in WSQ, GLQ, Planning Perspectives, and Modern Language Studies. He is a reviews editor for Jacket2, curates the City Planning Poetics talk and reading series at the Kelly Writers House, and organizes with Penn’s Trans Literacy Project.
Eileen Myles has published over twenty volumes, including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, and I Must be Living Twice. They studied at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and from 1984 to 1986, they were the artistic director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project. Their works have earned the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry, the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, and the Lambda Literary Award for Small Press Book Award. — Gabriela Portillo Alvarado