Tyler Mills is a poet, essayist, and editor based in Chicago. Her book, Tongue Lyre, was the winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press 2013) and was fourth on the Believer’s “Readers Favorite Works of Poetry in 2013″ list. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, the Believer, the Boston Review, and POETRY, and have won magazine awards from Gulf Coast, the Crab Orchard Review, and Third Coast. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Book of Scented Things, Best New Poets, and Women Write Resistance, and is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2015 (Wesleyan University Press).
Her creative nonfiction is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, and her criticism has appeared in Jacket2, the Robert Frost Review, the Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. A recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center, Mills’s past appearances include the Bethesda Writer’s Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Pitchfork Music Festival, the Southern Festival of Books, and the Stadler Center for Poetry. Tyler Mills recently defended her PhD in creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She earned her BA at Bucknell University and is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Maryland. She is editor-in-chief of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought, which has been represented in the Pushcart Prize anthology and in Best of the Net.