giving godhead dylan krieger


Dylan Krieger

Praise for Giving Godhead:

“If a girl, a virus, a horned animal, milkweed, an exchange of cash for dirty looks, the near-rhyme of greed to death, the names of all brutes, and a shroud in which was wrapped the erect ascendant all met in an ovum and, lodged deep in the earth’s core, fused into a supernova. If, from that long ago time until this very moment—perhaps even into the future—that supernova were listening in on us, her grave canal located such that she were overexposed to US American politicovangelizing, all at once began to speak: this is what she says.” –Danielle Pafunda

“‘… a part of me is always eating part of you…’ This word-drunk, ‘son-drunk’ book of ecstatic technology doesn’t just profane the sacred but also – the much less common – sacralizes the profane, the grotesque, the body in all of its troubling, intoxicating, ruinous splendor. These highly skilled, outrageous poems move at a breakneck speed.” —Johannes Göransson

“Dylan Krieger is an expert assassin with the messianic fervor of a deconstructed goth-girl, a rogue priestess exorcising and excoriating our tricked-out ‘apocalypse fetish,’ dealing out death-blows ‘quid pro blow.’ These poems are erratic/erotic receivers channeling bad transmissions from our ‘edenic pandemic’—the media clusterfuck, body-as-clickbait, that gaslights women into being their own terror portals. Here unfettered receivership, masochism, and degradation are served as the ultimate limit experience, the euphoria of the self-detonating female body that ejects its own organs so that the whole Christ-addled misfire that is our masculinist moral world ‘might splat.’” —Lara Glenum

“Heady sound-based unabashed blasphemy. Kick in the dick, pathogenic poetry sure to infect society with exactly the offense it needs.” –Vincent Cellucci

Giving Godhead is 82 pages. Year 2017.


Dylan Krieger is a pile of false eyelashes growing algae in south Louisiana. She lives in a little cottage with a catfish and her demons and sunlights as a trade mag editor. She earned her BA in English and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 and her MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University in 2015. Her first book, Giving Godhead (Delete Press, 2017), challenges the boundary between the sacred and the obscene by conflating biblical archetypes of holy acquiescence with sexually deviant forms of submission. Her other poetry projects include a collaborative satire of big-budget action movies (Re:ACTION!, 90 pp.), a collage of automatic captions from alien abduction documentaries (dreamland trash, 66 pp.), and an irreverent reimagining of philosophical thought experiments (no ledge left to love, 64 pp.). Find more of her work at





Dylan reading from Giving Godhead in Baton Rouge on 2.22.17.


Upcoming Readings:

Fri., July 14 @ 7 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church
1015 Holman St. at Main
Houston, TX 77004

Sat., July 15
Malvern Books
613 W. 29th St
Austin, TX 78705

Past Readings:

Wed., April 12 @ 8 PM
Blood Jet Poetry Series
BJs in the Bywater
4301 Burgundy
New Orleans, LA 70117

(Off-site AWP release):
Sat., Feb. 11 @ 8 PM
1201 U ST. NW
Washington, DC 20009

(Home release):
Wed., Feb. 22 @ 7 PM
The Parlor
705 Saint Joseph St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802