Deadlines and Divine Distractions

Monday, Sep 27 – Oct 31, 2021

University of Chicago
5811 S. Ellis Ave.
Cobb Hall, 4th fl.
Chicago, IL, 60637

Welcome to a special iteration of Deadlines and Divine Distractions. This ongoing epistolary project brings together letters between friends and strangers, the living and the dead, penned by artists, writers, scholars, and poets. 

This program is organized on the occasion of our current exhibition, Smashing into my heartwhich explores friendship as a framework for interrogating how we live and work and exist in the world. One letter, and a phone recording of each, will be disseminated every week through October 31. 

Deadlines and Divine Distractions is co-edited by Negar Azimi, writer and Editor in Chief of Bidoun, and Pati Hertling, Deputy Director of Performance Space New York. A readable transcript of this letter can be found here, and phone recording is accessible via this link.


Eileen Myles | New York, November 2014

Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently novelist, public talker and art journalist. A Sagittarius, their 22 books include For Now, evolution, Afterglow, I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. In 2019 they wrote and directed an 18-minute super 8 film, The Trip, a puppet road film. See it on youtube. They live in NewYork and Marfa, TX.