Harryette Mullen
Los Angeles, CA
2008 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Eli and Edythe Broad / The Broad Art Foundation.

Harryette Mullen is an experimental poet, short story writer, and literary scholar. She has published five collections of poetry, and her most recent, Sleeping with the Dictionary, was one of five finalists for the 2002 National Book Award in Poetry. In her work she uses the vernacular and samples fragments from written and spoken discourse (such as puns and clich├ęs) in rhythmic, almost musical ways. She employs humor and wordplay to comment upon contemporary social issues such as globalization.

  • Artwork by Harryette Mullen
    Sleeping with the Dictionary, 2002; photo courtesy Enrique Chagoya and Crown Point Press
Artwork by Harryette Mullen