Mieke Eerkens is a Dutch-American writer who grew up in Los Angeles and The Netherlands. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, an MA in English from the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, and an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she worked as an instructor in the Magid Center Undergraduate Writing Program following graduation. She currently teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension’s Writer’s Program online and as a visiting instructor for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, as well as in private workshops.
Her book, All Ships Follow Me, is forthcoming in April 2019 from Picador, with translations contracted in the Netherlands and Poland. In addition, her work has appeared in outlets such as The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Pank, Guernica, and Creative Nonfiction, the latter nominating her for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. Her work has been anthologized in Best Travel Writing 2011; Norton’s Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts edited by David Shields; and A Book of Uncommon Prayer. Her essay, “Seep,” about the Cosco Busan oil spill, was a winner in the Walton Sustainability Solutions Essay Award in collaboration with Creative Nonfiction magazine and was selected as a notable essay in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015. She has served as the editor-in-chief of the university literary magazine, Transfer, a reader for the Iowa Review, and a member of the selection committee for the 2011 Essay Prize.
Eerkens divides her time between Amsterdam and Los Angeles. She’s an avid fan of nature and hiking, cycling through the countryside, wine, old things, and the ocean, having grown up next to the Pacific Ocean and spending summers on the beach.