Emily grew up in a small, southern spa and gambling town, Hot Springs, Arkansas. She earned her B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College, her M.F.A. from Purdue University, and her M.S.W. from University of Houston. She has taught poetry and writing at Purdue University, Cabrillo College, Rutgers University, Southern Maine Community College, and Bates College. She has also been a writer-in-residence at M.D. Anderson and at the Discovery Green Park through the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program in Houston, Texas. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and works for Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and the St. Louis Poetry Center teaching creative writing in the public schools. She is the St. Louis Poetry Inside Out site coordinator for the Poetry in Translation program. Her work has been nominated for the Best New Poets series and for three Pushcart Prizes. She received a Dodge Foundation Fellowship for the Vermont Studio Center, a scholarship to attend the Juniper Writing Institute, and was a 2017 and 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Contest Semi-Finalist.
Selected Published Poems
"Birthday," Southern Humanities Review, forthcoming.
"Backyard," and "Winter In The Bible Belt," Painted Bride Quarterly, forthcoming.
"Dead Battery Contestant," Cincinnati Review, forthcoming.
"At the Convention Center," Crab Creek Review.
"A Goodbye Of Sorts," Fence.
"Arboretum By The Freeway After She Was Killed," National Poetry Review.
"Dear Daughter," Bellingham Review.
"Too Many," Crazyhorse.
"Dear College, December" and "Monday," Tinderbox.
"And The Winner Is," Vinyl.
"Leaving Is A Playground Is Not Love," Thrush.
"Small House," Bear Review.
"To Tell" and "A Story," Pleiades.
"Morning Triptych," Denver Quarterly.
"Driving, Modified," and "More Modifications," CutBank.
"Silver and Scar," and "Karaoke," Hiram Review.
"In the Snow," and "At the Mechanic's," The Greensboro Review.
"All Night Classical Bowling," On the Page.