Eleni Sikelianos, a native of California, is the author of two hybrid memoirs (The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine) and seven books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead. As a translator, she has published Jacques Roubaud’s Exchanges on Light and Sabine Macher’s the L notebook. She has been the happy recipient of various awards for her poetry, nonfiction, and translations, including two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, a New York Foundation for the Arts Award, a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship, Seeger Fellowship, and a National Poetry Series selection. Books have been translated into French and Greek, and poems have been translated into over a dozen languages. She has collaborated with musicians, filmmakers and visual artists, including Philip Glass, Ed Bowes, and Mel Chin. Her work has been widely anthologized, in, for example American Hybrid and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Satellite
Convulsions from Tin House, and A Best of Fence. Besides teaching for the University of Denver (where she founded and runs the Writers in the Schools program), she is on guest faculty for the Naropa Summer Writing Program, and for L’Ecole de Littérature in France and Morocco. Committed to a cross-national notion of poetry, she is frequently invited to festivals and colloquia abroad. Recent activities (Fall 2014): opening for Cibo Matto and Nels Cline at the Hentry Miller Library in Big Sur, working as poet-in-residence at L’Université de Paris VIII, performing for the Hellenomania conference in Athens, reading at Warwick University, England.
Boston Review, "The Spectacle of Transformation" review (3/10)
"It is about the multiplicity of stories, and the story as mirage, as temporary placeholder."
The Nervous Breakdown, "Interview with Eleni Sikelianos" (12/14)
"In this magical olio of scraps, myth, dreams, and narrative, Sikelianos traces the life of her exotic dancer grandmother, and inevitably her family's complex lineage. . . . [You Animal Machine] gave me hope for the future of what I consider the most exciting genre, near limitless, shifting and transforming with every new voice."
Huffington Post, "Cat Woman, Cat Lady: Aliases of Womanhood in 'You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)'" review (1/26)
"As feminism reaches the height of the hashtag, Sikelianos instead drums forward a woman's experience with other words . . . Here lies Sikelianos' prowess: she gives readers the power to imagine and inquire and be ridiculous as we do so."
The Believer, review (Sept. 2014)
"Through artifacts—lists of songs, newspaper clippings, photographs, film posters, staged interviews, poems—the poet Sikelianos assembles a textual chimera that keeps sliding through her fingers."
BOMB, "Soft/Not-soft Doppelgänger (12 Meditations)" excerpt (summer 2014 issue)