Jill Soloway and Eileen Myles Get Candid at the Hammer Museum

Jill Soloway, the showrunner of “Transparent and the forthcoming “I Love Dick” streaming on Amazon, has an easy rapport with Eileen Myles, the cult poet/novelist, author of “I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems” and “Chelsea Girls.” The former partners are icons for queer representation in television and literature, and discussed matters with passion and humor at the Hammer Museum Wednesday night.

“If something we say makes you feel uncomfortable, just yell out ‘I’m uncomfortable,'” Soloway told the audience at the beginning of her and Myles’s dialogue.

Myles chimed, “Or, ‘I’m triggered.'” The audience laughed. Despite the tongue-in-cheek tone, Myles and Soloway made it clear that they are serious—they want the audience to know that this will be a safe space, as well as a space for radical honesty.

“Transparent” showrunner Jill Soloway and poet Eileen Myles talking queerness in literature and television at the Hammer Museum (Photo by Hannah Deitch/ USC Annenberg Media).

The conversation wasn’t moderated. Instead, Soloway and Myles discussed everything from falling in love to breaking up and their current “it’s complicated” status. In certain moments, they’re glib: “Do you feel our intimacy? We’re triangulating with you guys,” Jill joked — and in other moments their candidness felt too private for the stage.

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