Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. THE BOOK OF JON is a saga of the rise and fall of family lines—a tale marked by bohemia, Greek poets, intellectuals, drugs and homelessness. It is the story of eccentrics and survivors, the strength of personal vision and the nature of addiction, and what it does to families. With a seamless weave of letters, reminiscences, poems and journal entries, Sikelianos creates a loving portrait—and an unblinking indictment—of her father. Jon, a multi-talented, eccentric visionary, emerges as a brilliant, charming, irresponsible, frustrating, and ultimiately tragic hero. An exquisitely rendered exploration of the harrowing and motivating forces of family, history, and individual choices.
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Eleni Sikelianos was born and raised in California and earned her MFA from the Naropa Institute. She is the great- granddaughter of Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos and the niece of Anne Waldman. She is the author of eight poetry collections, including WHAT I KNEW (2019), Make Yourself Happy (2017), The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead (2013), Body Clock (2008), and THE CALIFORNIA POEM (2004). She is also author of the hybrid memoirs You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek, 2014) and THE BOOK OF JON (2004). Sikelianos has received numerous honors and awards for her writing and translations, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, and Princeton University, where she was a Seeger fellow. She has held residencies at Yaddo, the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, and La Maison des Écrivains Étrangers in Brittany and is the recipient of two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing, a New York Foundation for the Arts Award and a New York State Council for the Arts Award. On guest faculty at the Naropa Summer Writing Program, she teaches in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University and lives with her family in Providence, Rhode Island.Author City: PROVIDENCE, RI USA