Discipline: Literature – poetry

Eleni Sikelianos

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Providence, RI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Poet Eleni Sikelianos has been working on personal and evolutionary narratives of inheritance for many years, spanning familial, animal, plant, and cultural realms. Her most recent book of poetry, Your Kingdom (2023), takes up, via ecopoetic inquiry, our deeply intertwined symbiogenetic roots.

At MacDowell, she worked on a hybrid history in prose, poetry, and archival photographs that considers both the familial and cultural legacies of her great grandparents’ paleophilic, queer, utopian efforts to revive the ancient Delphic festivals at an archaeological site in 1927 and 1930. Previous hybrid books include The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine, while poetry titles include What I Knew and Make Yourself Happy.



Eleni Sikelianos worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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