Best Travel Writing 2011
Norton’s Flakes: An Anthology of Psuedo-Interviews, Faux Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found Text,” and Other Fraudulent Artifacts
A Book of Uncommon Prayer
Winner of the Walton Sustainability Essay Award, and featured as a notable essay in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015.
Mieke Eerkens was born in Los Angeles, California to Dutch parents and has spent her life in hyphenation. She considers herself lucky to have dual citizenship and has a unique understanding of both cultures. Perhaps because of this sense of being a "citizen of the world", Mieke spent her life exploring and learning in many corners of the planet, from drama school in London (Mountview) to running away with the circus in New York (Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus.) She has lived in Greece and Amsterdam at various times, spent a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area where she got her BA in English, got an MA in English Literature in Leiden, and made the move to Iowa City for a position at the University of Iowa's MFA program in Creative Writing in 2011. She now divides her time between Amsterdam and California. She teaches writing for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program online, and is a visiting instructor for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
Mieke’s work has appeared in outlets such as The Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, Los Angeles Review of Books, Catapult, The Rumpus, and Guernica, among others. Her work has been anthologized in Best Travel Writing 2011; Norton’s Fakes edited by David Shields; and A Book of Uncommon Prayer. Her book, All Ships Follow Me: A Family Memoir of War Across Three Continents, was released on April 2, 2019 from Picador, and moves from Indonesia to the Netherlands to the United States as Mieke recounts her parents' lives during and after the war, and travels with them in the present day to the sites of their childhoods in an attempt to understand their experiences and how it formed them. All Ships Follow Me is a deeply personal, sweeping saga of the wounds of war, and the way trauma can be passed down through generations.