Born in St. Louis, Eileen G’Sell is a poet and culture critic who mingles the literary with the critical, the creative with the academic, focusing on gender, sexuality, and economic class. She earned her BA at Knox College, her MA at the University of Rochester, and her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis. Her first full-length volume of poetry, Life After Rugby, was published in 2018 by Gold Wake Press; her second book of poetry, Francofilaments, is forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books.
G’Sell’s poetry has appeared in Poetry magazine, Fence, DIAGRAM, Oversound, The Rumpus, and The Boston Review; recent essays have appeared in The Baffler, The Hopkins Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Current Affairs, and Jacobin. She serves as movie critic of The Hopkins Review, and makes frequent contributions to Hyperallergic, Reverse Shot, and The Riverfront Times. In 2023, she received the Rabkin Foundation award for visual arts journalism.
She teaches writing and media studies at Washington University in St. Louis.