Author Spotlight

Emily Skillings

Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publishers Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut,” and the editor of Parallel Movement of the Hands, Five Unfinished Longer Works by John Ashbery, forthcoming from Ecco/HarperCollins in 2021. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective, small press, and event series. Skillings received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow in 2017, and has taught creative writing at Yale University, Columbia University, the New School, Poets House, the 92nd Street Y, and through Brooklyn Poets. She was John Ashbery’s assistant from 2010 to 2017.

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Portrait of the Poet as a Cinephile: Michael Almereyda Remembers John Ashbery

In an intimate short film now playing on the Criterion Channel, director Michael Almereyda captures a rare glimpse of one of the most celebrated poets of the twentieth century near the end of his life.

By Emily Skillings