Artist Projects

The Helens of Troy, New York

Bernadette Mayer

The Helens of Troy, New York is a book of poetry and photographs featuring women named Helen from the city of Troy, New York. Inspired by her own knowledge of ancient Greek and the mythic character Helen of Troy, Mayer conducted interviews with these local women, photographed them and their surroundings, and created a poem and visual presentation for each of them. The Helens of Troy, New York exists as a book, a gallery exhibition, and a performance of the text.

Project Updates

  • 2013: The Helens of Troy, New York is published by New Directions Press

  • 2010: Mayer gives a reading of Helen of Troy, The Faces that Launched A Thousand Ships at the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Boston