Harryette Mullen

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Harryette Mullen is the author of several poetry collections, including Recyclopedia, winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and Sleeping with the Dictionary, a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, German, Swedish, Danish, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Kyrgyz. A collection of her essays and interviews, The Cracks Between, was published in 2012 by University of Alabama Press. A new poetry collection, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press) was a “top pick” for fall 2013 by the Los Angeles Times. She teaches American poetry, African American literature, and creative writing at UCLA.

Eileen Myles


Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge MA in 1949, attended catholic schools in Arlington and graduated from UMass (Boston) in 1971. She came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Vote here. Her most recent book is Snowflake/different streets (Wave Books, 2012). Her poetic education took place at St. Mark's Poetry Project from 1975-77 in workshops lead by Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan and Paul Violi and by attending hundreds of readings for about ten years mostly at St. Mark’s Poetry Project and then for the rest of her life.


In 1977 and 79 she published issues of dodgems, a poetry magazine which presented a collision of New York School, Language Poetry, performance texts, unconventional prose as well as tossed off notes from neighbors and celebrities. Jacket will soon if not already do a scan of and interview about dodgems. She co-edited in 1977 the feminist anthology Ladies Museum (w Timmons, Kraut, Rower and Notley) and in 1979 she worked as assistant to poet James Schuyler.

Other books include The Importance of Being Iceland/travel essays in art ,(2009) Sorry, Tree (poetry) 2007, Tow w/ artist Larry C. Collins (2005), Skies (2001), on my way (2001), Cool for You (novel, 2000), School of Fish (1997), Maxfield Parrish (1995), Not Me (1991), and Chelsea Girls (stories, 1994). In 1995, with Liz Kotz, she edited The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading. From 1984 through 1986 Eileen was Artistic Director of St. Mark's Poetry Project.

Eileen is a Professor Emeritus of writing & literature at UC San Diego where she directed the program from 2002 to 2007. Most recently she has taught in Columbia’s MFA program and a bunch at NYU grad & undergrad including at NYU Florence. She’s a frequent (this summer for instance) teacher/participant at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Co and for the SLS seminars. She’ll be teaching at Disquiet in Lisbon summer 2015. As an art journalist she contributes to a wide number of publications including Art Forum, Bookforum, Parkett, The Believer, Vice, Cabinet, The Nation, TimeOut, Book Forum and AnOther Magazine and has written catalogue essays for the Whitney & the Liverpool Biennials as well as on Zoe Leonard, Cathy Opie, K8 Hardy, Oscar Tuazon, Sadie Benning & Emily Roydson.

In 2007 Eileen received an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant for “Iceland.” Her Inferno received a Lambda Book Award for lesbian fiction in 2011. The Poetry Society of America awarded her the Shelley Prize in 2010. In 2012 she received a Guggenheim fellowship in non-fiction to write her forthcoming dog memoir Afterglow. She is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2014 recipient. Most recently Infernoreceived a Slate/Whiting Second Novel Award. In fall 2015 Ecco/HarperCollins will published I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems 1975-2013 as well as re-issuing Chelsea Girls. She lives in New York.

Timothy Donnelly

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Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien he is the co-author of Three Poets published by Minus A Press late last year. His poems have appeared such magazines as A Public Space, Fence, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, among others. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is the poetry editor of Boston Review and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. (Core Faculty)

Douglas Kearney

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Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s third poetry collection, Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014) examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was a National Poetry Series selection. He has received residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, nocturnes, Pleiades, The Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Ninth Letter, Washington Square, and Callaloo. Two of his operas, Sucktion and Crescent City, have received grants from the MAPFund. Sucktion has been produced internationally. Crescent City premiered in Los Angeles in 2012. He has been commissioned to write and/or teach ekphrastic poetry for the Weisman Museum (Minneapolis), Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA, SFMOMA, the Getty, and the Hammer. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts, where he received his MFA in Writing (04). (Core Faculty)

Dorothea Lasky

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Dorothea Lasky is the author of four books of poetry, most recently the forthcoming ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013) and several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City. (Co-Director)

Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade, his debut collection of poetry from W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint. In 2007, he completed a Masters degree by editing two unpublished essays of John Ashbery at Boston University’s Editorial Institute; in 2010, he received his Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His poems, essays and interviews have appeared in A Public Space, The American Reader, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Fence, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy. Last fall, he co-curated the immersive-environment exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” for Loretta Howard Gallery. He teaches at The New School and Rutgers University. He lives in the East Village. (Co-Director)

Susan Howe


One of the preeminent poets of her generation, Susan Howe is known for innovative verse that crosses genres and disciplines in its theoretical underpinnings and approach to history. Layered and allusive, her work draws on early American history and primary documents, weaving quotation and image into poems that often revise standard typography. Howe’s interest in the visual possibilities of language can be traced back to her initial interest in painting: Howe earned a degree from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts in 1961, and enjoyed some success with gallery shows in New York. In addition to painting, Howe studied acting in Dublin. From an artistic, intellectual family, Howe’s mother Mary Manning was an actress and her father a law professor at Harvard; Howe’s sister Fanny Howe is also an acclaimed poet.

An idiosyncratic, important, and increasingly influential American poet, Howe has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation and a Guggenheim fellowship; she has been a distinguished fellow at the Stanford Institute for Humanities, as well as the Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She taught for many years at the State University of New York-Buffalo, where she held the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities. In 2011, Susan Howe was awarded the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry from Yale University.


Tom Healy

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Tom Healy’s latest collection of poems, “Animal Spirits” is tattooed on his left arm. His firstbook, “What the Right Hand Knows,” was a finalist for the 2009 LA Times Book Prize and Lambda Literary Award. But no tattoo. A collection of Tom’s essays about artists and writers, “Not Untrue, Not Unkind,” will be published this fall. Tattoo decision forthcoming. Tom is the chairman of the Fulbright Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright scholars program worldwide. He is also a Harriet Monroe Fellow of the Poetry Foundation, where he is co-editing an anthology of 20th century American poetry with Adam Fitzgerald and a book of essays and archival material on John Ashbery’s home in Hudson, NY with Karin Roffman. Each summer, he is a visiting writer at the New York State and Port Townsend, WA Writers Institutes. www.tomhealy.net (Art Talks Coordinator)

Emily Skillings

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Emily Skillings is a dancer and poet. Her chapbook, Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants is forthcoming from No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press. Skillings dances for the A.O. Movement Collective and The Commons Choir (Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik) and presents her own choreography in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series. This fall she will begin her graduate studies at Columbia University. (former Program Coordinator)

Emily Pettit

Emily Pettit is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and notnostrums; and for three years has been the publisher of the exciting literary print journal jubilat. Pettit has taught writing courses at the University of Iowa, the University of Massachusetts and Elms College. She currently teaches poetry at Flying Object in Hadley, Mass. Pettit’s first collection of poems Goat in the Snow came out in early 2012 with Birds LLC. Her poems have been featured in the Academy of American Poets/Poem a Day Series, Fence, Open Letters, Verse Daily, and the Huffington Post. (Poet in Residence)

Eric Baus

Eric Baus is the author of The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights, 2014), Scared Text, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, 2009), and The To Sound, winner of the Verse Prize (Wave Books, 2004). He has recently written about poetry audio files in his Notes on PennSound commentary column in Jacket2. He lives and teaches in Denver. (Poet in Residence)