25th Year of Inspiring Words and Music

Next Show

October 12

Poet: Eileen Myles

Music: Phred&Friends

Opening Voice: A Short Play by Melanie Greenhouse

7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00)


Mystic Museum of Art
9 Water Street
Downtown Mystic

Admission $15, Students $5

Call: 860-912-2444
E-mail: info@theartscafemystic.org

Poet » 

Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is like no other poet in America.  In part, this must be because Myles is not a product of academe, did not attend an MFA program, does not hold a university sinecure, and has, with fierce independence, created what
The New York Times calls “one of the essential voices in American poetry.”  Indeed, Myles may be the ultimate poetry outsider.

Eileen Myles’s life and career make for a riveting tale.  They – and they is her personal pronoun of choice – were born in Cambridge Mass to working-class Irish-Catholic parents, and attended parochial schools.  Early in adolescence, they determined that they were queer, and that their queerness was a matter to celebrate.  Coming of age in the late 60s-early 70s – well before the advent of the LGBT movement – they were notably comfortable in their sexual skin.

Following graduation from UMASS-Boston, Myles made two more, fateful decisions – to move to New York City and to become a poet.  She arrived in the Big Apple in 1974, just as the Lower East Side was emerging as both cradle and crucible for music, art, and poetry.  Andy Warhol was there, Allen Ginsberg was around, and so many others.  The young Myles threw themself into the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, attending readings and workshops, and thus began the invention of a voice that became one of the great instruments in American poetry – a voice defined by candor, directness, and humor, a voice at once personal and natural in its edgy urban sensibility, a voice adaptable to a seemingly endless spectrum of emotional and intellectual inquiry.


Learn more about the Poet »

Musician »

Phred&Friends

Phred Mileski is surely one of New England’s finest song stylists.  Equally celebrated as a cabaret and classical singer, she has performed throughout the U.S. and in Canada and Europe, with a repertoire that spans many genres including jazz, opera, country, Celtic, folk, and pop.  She is a busy and versatile vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who freelances with several bands and is in demand as both a session musician  and an arranger for recording projects.  Her jazz group Phred&Friends includes Rufus Davis on piano, Jim Hunter on bass, and John Moore on drums.