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Erika Mikkalo


Erika Mikkalo, Chicago, 2012
Erika Mikkalo, Chicago, 2012

Erika Mikkalo's writing received the Tobias Wolff Award for short fiction from The Bellingham Review. She has also contributed to Nimrod, The 2nd Hand, Exquisite Corpse, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Massachusetts Review, POM2, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Columbia Poetry Review, The Notre Dame Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and The Texas Review, among other publications.

The following clip was recorded 22 May 2007, at UniVerse of Poetry curated by Richard Fammereé, held at Flat File Gallery, Chicago, and is presented here with the author's permission:

Anthony in the Garden
Comments from the author:
"Anthony in the Garden" is an ekphrastic piece inspired by Fra Angelico's "Temptation of St. Anthony," a pretty depiction of the torment of desire as opposed to the myriad demons of Northern European versions (i.e., Grunewald, Brueghel, Bosch). In the happy friar's version, the distraction of a succubus is just another visitor in the garden. The structure is ripped off from Jorie Graham.

- September 2012

long-format recordings:

Erika Mikkalo appears here, in the Woman Made Gallery poetry archive:
Beyond Audubon: Birds, Bees, and Bona Fide Beasts, recorded on 2010-05-16
It's About Time, recorded on 2012-09-09