Tyler Mills is a poet, essayist, and editor who was born in Chicago and grew up in upstate New York. She holds degrees from Bucknell University (BA), the University of Maryland (MFA), and the University of Illinois-Chicago (PhD). She is the author of Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press 2013). Tongue Lyre was fourth on The Believer’s “Readers Favorite Works of Poetry in 2013” list. Her dissertation was awarded the UIC Graduate College Outstanding Thesis Award (Arts and Humanities).
Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Boston Review, The Believer, Georgia Review, and Blackbird, and have won magazine awards from Gulf Coast, the Crab Orchard Review, and Third Coast. Her poems have also been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily and have been anthologized in A Book of Scented Things, Best New Poets, the Golden Shovel Anthology, the Manifesto Project, Still Life with Poem, Women Write Resistance, and Best American Experimental Writing. Her creative nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, Cherry Tree, The Collagist, Copper Nickel (where it was awarded the Editor’s Prize in Prose), and the Rumpus.
Tyler Mills has published articles on poetic form in the Robert Frost Review, the Writer’s Chronicle, and Voltage Poetry. A recipient of fellowships, scholarships, and residencies from Sewanee, Bread Loaf, the Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, her past appearances also 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. She is editor-in-chief of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought and an Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico.