Eleni Sikelianos

Eleni Sikélianòs is an American experimental poet with a particular interest in scientific idiom. She currently serves as Professor of Literary arts at Brown University.

Eleni Sikelianos
Eleni Sikelianos -June 2018
Alma materNaropa University
Spouse(s)Laird Hunt
Children1 daughter
RelativesAngelos Sikelianos (great-grandfather)

Early lifeEdit

Sikélianòs is the great-granddaughter of the renowned Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos, a former candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and Eva Palmer-Sikelianos. She was raised in California. She graduated from the Naropa Institute with an M.F.A.


Sikélianòs taught at Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York City and teaches Literature and Bard College's Clemente Program. She co-ran the Wednesday Night Readings at the St. Mark's Poetry Project in St. Mark's Church. She teaches at Naropa, and the University of Denver,[1] where Eryn Green was one of her students.[2]

Her work has appeared in Grand Street, Rattapallax,[3] Sulfur, Chicago Review, and Fence. In an interview she gave with the California Journal of Poetics, Sikelianos discusses how zoology, cell biology, and marine biology became important to her early poetic sensibility. She cites Lynne Margulis’ work in evolutionary symbiosis and the work of D’Arcy Wentworth Thomas as influential."[4]

Personal lifeEdit

She currently lives in Colorado with her husband, Laird Hunt, and daughter Eva Grace.


  • 2002 National Poetry Series (for The Monster Lives)
  • Seeger Fellow Princeton University
  • Yaddo residency
  • Maison des écrivains étrangers residency in Brittany,
  • Fulbright Writer's Fellowship in Greece
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Nonfiction Literature
  • National Endowment for the Arts fellowship
  • two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing
  • New York Council for the Arts Translation Award
  • James D. Phelan Award for Blue Guide


  • Make Yourself Happy, (Coffee House Press, 2017)
  • The Loving Detail of the Living and the Dead (Coffee House Press, 2013)
  • Body Clock (Coffee House Press, 2008)
  • The California poem. Coffee House Press. 2004. ISBN 978-1-56689-162-2.
  • The Monster Lives of Boys & Girls. Green Integer. December 1, 2003. ISBN 978-1-931243-67-4.
  • Earliest Worlds (Coffee House Press, 2001)
  • The Book of Tendons 1997
  • The Lover's Numbers
  • To Speak While Dreaming 1993


  • "from The Book of Jon". Ploughshares. Winter 2002–2003. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.
  • "from Body Clock". Tarpaulin Sky. Fall 2006.
  • The Book of Jon (Nonfiction; City Lights, 2004).
  • You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek) (Coffee House Press, 2014).


  • From Blue Guide (1999)
  • The Lover's Numbers
  • Poetics of the X (1995)




  1. ^ http://www.du.edu/ahss/schools/english/creativewriting/faculty/Sikelianos,_Eleni.html
  2. ^ Ballard, Jannette (28 August 2013). "Creative writing PhD named one of country's best young poets". University of Denver Magazine Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Rattapallax". 2003. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Fernandes, Megan K. (7 November 2012). "Scientific Materialism and Poetics: An Interview with Eleni Sikelianos". California Journal of Poetics. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  5. ^ Schneiderman, Davis (2012). The &NOW Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing. ISBN 978-0982315644.

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