For this special event poet Eileen Myles, author of Afterglow (a dog memoir), has invited Andre Alexis author of 15 Dogs, Nicole J. Georges author of Fetch and Eugene Lim author of Dear Cyborgs to celebrate dog writing — in which dogs and dog relationships (with humans and with each other) serve as subject matter and as shifters of genre — whether that genre is dog fiction, dog memoir, dog graphic novel — alongside and interspersed with the companion genre of speculative fiction in which there is no dog at all. The four writers will read from their work and have a free-ranging conversation about dog writing, fiction, truth and the fantastic.
André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. He is the recipient of a 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize. His novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and in 2017 won Canada Reads. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include The Hidden Keys (nominated for the Trillium Book Award), Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa, and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play.
Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster, and professor. Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Nicole does a weekly queer feminist art podcast called Sagittarian Matters, and is currently on a dog-themed book tour in support of her new graphic memoir, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home.
Eugene Lim is the author of the novels Fog & Car (Ellipsis Press, 2008), The Strangers (Black Square Editions, 2013) and Dear Cyborgs (FSG, 2017). He works as a high school librarian, runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Queens, NY.
Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently a novelist, public talker, and art journalist. A Sagittarius, their twenty books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they’ll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX.