Eleni Sikelianos

Eleni Sikelianos

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Body Clock (Coffee House Press, 2008) and The California Poem (Coffee House Press, 2004), as well as a hybrid memoir, The Book of Jon (City Lights, 2004). Her translation of Jacques Roubaud’s Exchanges on Light (La Presse) appeared in 2009. She has been the happy recipient of a number of awards, from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Fellowships, The National Poetry Series, New York Foundation for the Arts, Princeton University’s Seeger Fellowship, and the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing, among others. Her work has been widely anthologized, in two Norton anthologies (Postmodern American Poetry and American Hybrid) as well as Tin House’s Satellite Convulsions, A Best of Fence, The Arcadia Project, and elsewhere. She has collaborated with musicians and visual artists; most recently, she performed parts of The California Poem with composer Philip Glass, set to his music; and performs a leading role in two films by Ed Bowes. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, and she has participated in a number of international poetry festivals, including the Centre National du Livre’s Belles Etrangères reading tour of France, the Days of Poetry and Wine in Slovenia, the Barcelona Poetry Festival, and Metropole Bleu in Montreal. At present, Sikelianos teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. Besides guest teaching in art centers, artist residencies, and creative writing programs, she also teaches for Naropa’s Summer Writing Program and in New England College’s low residency MFA program. She shares her days with the novelist Laird Hunt and their daughter, Eva Grace.

Eleni Sikelianos