Emily Skillings

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Lecturer in English

Emily Skillings was born in Brunswick, Maine and received degrees from The New School (B.A. in Dance and Writing, 2010) and Columbia University School of the Arts (M.F.A. in Poetry, 2017) where she was appointed as a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow. Her first full-length collection, Fort Not, was published by The Song Cave in 2017, and was a finalist for the 2018 Believer Poetry Award. She is also the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, PoetryHarper’sBoston ReviewBrooklyn RailBOMBjubilatHyperallergic and elsewhere. Her work has been included in both the Pushcart Prize Anthology (2017) and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (2017). She has taught creative writing and interdisciplinary studio courses at Poets House, Columbia University, The New School, and through Brooklyn Poets.

Since 2009, Skillings has been an active member of Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist literary collective, event series, and nonprofit publisher in Brooklyn that promotes the work of experimental women writers.


ENGL 123 Section 4

Introduction to the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama. Development of the basic skills used to create imaginative literature. Fundamentals of craft and composition; the distinct but related techniques used in the three genres. Story, scene, and character in fiction; sound, line, image, and voice in poetry; monologue, dialogue, and action in drama.

Selected Publications

Maw The Rumpus, 2019

The Duke’s Forest Critical Quarterly, 2019

Fort Not The Song Cave, 2017

Backchannel Poor Claudia, 2014

Individual Poems




Brooklyn Rail

Academy of American Poets


BOMB Magazine

Boston Review

New York City Ballet


Poets & Writers

Huffington Post

Brooklyn Poets

Bomb Magazine


Publishers Weekly

Threepenny Review

Interests: Feminist poetry, ekphrastic poetry, the New York School, interdisciplinary poetics, the prose poem, constraint-based writing, writing on identity, Ecopoetics