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Eleni Sikelianos

Eleni Sikelianos
Author of What I Knew


What I Knew engages activities and knowledge that can’t be mined or verifyed by search engines or easily surveilled. Sourced from poetry’s ancient materials of dream, memory, story, and experience, What I Knew aims to create a site of resistance to, and refuge from, our current overflow of information and fact checking, where private desires and whims cannot be commodified. It seeks alternative, personal forms of globalization rather than the public forms we know.


Eleni Sikelianos was born and grew up in California, and has lived in New York, Paris, Athens, and Colorado. She is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Make Yourself Happy, and two hybrid memoirs (The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine). Sikelianos has been the happy recipient of many awards for her poetry, nonfiction, and translations, including two National Endowment for the Arts awards and the National Poetry Series. Her writings have been widely anthologized and translated, with five books in French; ΤοβιβλίοτουΤζον was translated by ΚατερίναΣχινά and published by Patakis in 2014. She has taught poetry in public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons, and collaborated with musicians, filmmakers, and visual artists. Since 1998, she has been on guest faculty for the Naropa Summer Writing Program, and, until this spring, she taught in the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, where she founded and ran the Writers in the Schools program. This fall, she will be joining the Literary Art faculty at Brown University.

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