Emily Holland is a lesbian writer living in Washington, DC. She received her MFA from American University, where she won the Myra Sklarew Award for outstanding thesis in poetry and was the Editor-in-Chief of FOLIO. She has received support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and two Pushcart Prizes. She has poems appearing or forthcoming in publications including Homology Lit, Impossible Archetype, Screen Door Review, FOLIO, bedfellows, Wussy, and Nat. Brut.
Her debut chapbook Lineage was released August 2019 from dancing girl press. The poems explore themes of queerness, place, familial lineage, and investigate the Southern pastoral. It was a “Best Dressed” pick for Sundress Publication’s The Wardrobe blog.
She works at The Writer’s Center, where she started as an intern with Poet Lore while working full-time at a coffee shop. She is currently the Editor of Poet Lore, a co-host of The Writer’s Center’s Virtual Craft Chat series, and a frequent contributor to The Writer’s Center Magazine.
As an undergraduate at The George Washington University, where she received a BA in Creative Writing and English, she worked as the culture editor for The GW Hatchet, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of a startup literary magazine, and a contributing writer for Brightest Young Things.
In addition to her creative writing, Emily also writes and presents academic work, with focuses on queer/feminist studies, cultural criticism, and contemporary film analysis (often centered on LGBTQ+ cinema, women directors, and/or the horror genre). She also does other freelance work including website copy editing, manuscript editing, and freelance journalism. Contact her for more information regarding these services.