Professor Skoyles is the author of six books of poems: A Little Faith; Permanent Change; Definition of the Soul; The Situation; Inside Job, and Suddenly It's Evening: Selected Poems. He has also published a collection of personal essays, Generous Strangers; a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education, an autobiographical novel, A Moveable Famine: A Life in Poetry and The Nut File, a collection of hybrid fiction/nonfiction. Driven, a memoir in the form of a travelogue, is forthcoming later in 2018.
Skoyles's work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he has been awarded two individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants from the New York State and North Carolina Arts Councils. He currently serves as the poetry editor of Ploughshares.