Eleni Sikelianos was born and grew up in California, and has lived in New York, Paris, Colorado, and Providence. She is the author of nine books of poetry and two hybrid memoir-verse-image-novels (The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine). Five of these have appeared in French and one in Greek, and her work has been translated into many other languages. She herself translates from the French. Her writings, deeply influenced by ecopoetics and family as well as animal lineages, have been widely anthologized, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, The National Poetry Series, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Princeton University’s Seeger Fellowship, and the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing. Dedicated to the many ways poetry manifests in communities, she has taught workshops in public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons, and collaborated with musicians, filmmakers, and visual artists. She currently teaches at Brown University.
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