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) and Columbia University School of the Arts (M.F.A. in Poetry) where she was 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. Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in GrantaPoetryHarper’sBoston ReviewBrooklyn RailBOMBjubilat, and Hyperallergic. Her work has been included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. She has taught creative writing at Poets House, Columbia University, The New School, NYU, and through Brooklyn Poets. Skillings’ work has been supported by the T.S. Eliot Foundation and she is a 2023 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Poetry.

Skillings is the editor of Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinished Longer Works by John Ashbery, which was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2021. Since 2009, she 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. She lives in Brooklyn.


ENGL 123 Section 3

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

Individual Poems




Brooklyn Rail

Academy of American Poets


BOMB Magazine

Boston Review

Critical Quarterly

New York City Ballet


Poets & Writers

Huffington Post

Brooklyn Poets

Bomb Magazine


Publishers Weekly

Threepenny Review

Interests: Feminist poetry, the New York School, interdisciplinary & hybrid poetics, the prose poem, constraint-based writing, Ecopoetics.