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Eileen Pollack

Eileen Pollack

University of Michigan - Helen Zell MFA Program

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Eileen's work combines: Writing, Education, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life


I teach English/creative writing at the University of Michigan and I write about women in science.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Liberty Central High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Physics, General

    Yale University

  • Graduate Degree

    Creative Writing

    University of Iowa

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    When I was a very young girl, I loved reading so much that I started writing my own books.

  • 2.

    When I got to junior high, I was told that girls couldn't take advanced science or math classes.

  • 3.

    That first big "no" spurred me to read everything I could about science and study physics.

  • 4.

    My college professors got me excited about physics, but as a female, I still felt like an outsider.

  • 5.

    I eventually gave up physics and went back to pursuing writing.

  • 6.

    Trying to make a living as a writer was hard; I worked some awful jobs just to keep myself afloat.

  • 7.

    Despite my inexperience, a friend persuaded her editor to take a chance and hire me as a reporter.

  • 8.

    I really hit my stride once I realized I could combine my two passions and write about science!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    How could a girl succeed in physics?

  • How I responded:

    Even when I did well in my physics classes, I rarely got any encouragement from my professors; no one ever told me I could succeed in physics, so I pursued writing instead. To this day, there are still very few images of women physicists in the media, and the depictions we do see perpetuate this idea that science isn't "cool," or women won't get dates if they go into STEM. This is the focus of my book "The Only Woman in the Room," because this sort of discouragement is still so pervasive.