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 Poetry, Harper’s, Boston Review, Brooklyn RailBOMB, jubilat, HyperallergicLitHubPleiades, and elsewhere. Her work has been included in both the Pushcart Prize Anthology (2017) and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (2017). She has taught poetry 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. She co-hosts the monthly Brooklyn-based reading series Earshot, which began in 2005 to promote the work of emerging writers alongside established voices. With poet Adam Fitzgerald, she co-curated the exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” at Loretta Howard Gallery (2013). Formally trained in ballet and modern dance, she has performed throughout New York City, and her choreography has been presented by NADA New York (2015), Spoke the Hub (2014), Dixon Place (2013), Triskelion Arts (2009), and Jacket 2, who commissioned her dance film “Uptick” in 2012.


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

4 Square Review

Threepenny Review

Skillings is currently working on a linked series of poems that imagine a voice for the mother figure in Pearl (Perle) an anonymous and formally intricate late 14th-century allegorical poem that catalogues a father’s lament for his deceased child (“she slipped from me through grass to ground”), in which no mother is mentioned or present.

Interests: Feminist poetry, ekphrastic poetry, Oulipian forms, the New York School, interdisciplinary poetics and pedagogy, phenomenology, constraint-based writing, flâneurism and writing on walking, writing on identity, Ecopoetics.