Evelyn Reilly is a New York-based poet, scholar, and environmentalist. Her books include Styrofoam, Apocalypso and Echolocation, published by Roof Books, and Hiatus, published by Barrow Street Press. Her newest book of poetry, Having Broken, Are is forthcoming from BlazeVOX.
Reilly's poetry has appeared in many anthologies, among them, The Arcadia Project: Postmodernism and the Pastoral, Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene, The &NOW AWARDS 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and Poetics for a More-than-Human World. Her work is also included in the Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene, a multimedia compendium of work by scientists, thinkers, poets and artists produced by the Stanford Digital Publishing Initiative. Recent essays have appeared in Jacket2, The Supposium: Thought Experiments & Poethical Play in Difficult Times, and Fractured Ecologies, and are forthcoming in The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics and Other Influences: Essays on Feminist Avant-Garde Poetics.
Reilly is also a member of the Steering Committee of the climate activist group 350NYC. In its first ten years, 350NYC and its coalition partners have had many victories, including successfully lobbying for New York City to divest its pension funds from fossil fuels (4 billion dollars now divested) and for New York State to do the same (underway). The group was also an important player in the passage of Local Law 97, which mandates energy efficiency in buildings throughout the city.
Starting out as a scientist, Reilly got a degree in zoology at U.C. Berkeley and then worked in research labs while becoming a poet and writer. She has been a writer and exhibit developer for numerous museums, including the American Museum of Natural History (New York), the Museum of Jewish History and Tolerance Center (Moscow), the United States Peace Institute (Washington, D.C.), and the Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington). Her most recent museum work was for the Obama Presidential Center.
Reilly lives in New York City and the Hudson River Valley, where the native meadow she planted four years ago with her partner Scott (well, he did most of the work) is finally realizing its full pollinator support potential. They have been aided in this endeavor by Phoebe the cat and exuberant dog Max.