READING & ARTIST TALK:
EILEEN MYLES, GREGORY PARDLO & PAUL STOPFORTH
MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 6 PM
EILEEN MYLES is a poet, novelist and performer whose books include Chelsea Girls, I Must Be Living Twice, selected poems and The Importance of being Iceland/travel essays in art. They have received grants and awards from the Guggenheim foundation, Creative Capital, the Foundation for Contemporary Art and in 2016 were awarded the Clark Prize. They live in New York City and Marfa, TX.
GREGORY PARDLO’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming.
Early in his career South African born PAUL STOPFORTH produced several bodies of work that were startling in their courageous engagement with the repressive society in which he lived. His uncompromising refusal to turn away from a world of pain and injustice earned him enormous respect from his peers and from discerning art critics who saw his work in its first, youthful incarnations at The Market Theatre Gallery, where he was a director from 1977 to 1984. Despairing that there would ever be change in the country, Stopforth left South Africa for the United States in the late 1980s to take up an artist-in-residency post at Tufts University. He taught in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University for 10 years and recently left the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to paint full-time. Stopforth has exhibited his work since 1971 in galleries and museums in South Africa, the United States and Europe. He has served as curator and juror for a number of institutions and competitions, and in 2004 he delivered the Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Brandeis University. His work is held in many public and private collections in South Africa and abroad. His work is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown and David Krut Projects in New York. Stopforth has a rich, complex and informative website at: paulstopforth.com