Emily O'Neill is a nationally touring poet and performer who writes and tends bar in Cambridge, MA.
Her debut poetry collection, Pelican (2015, available here), is the inaugural winner of YesYes Books' Pamet River Prize for first and second collections by women and nonbinary authors, as well as the winner of the 2016 Devil's Kitchen Reading Series in poetry from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her second full length collection, a falling knife has no handle, was released by YesYes in September 2018 and named one of the ten most anticipated poetry titles of fall by Publishers Weekly. It was also long-listed for the Julie Suk Award by Jacar Press. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks: Celeris (Fog Machine, 2016), Make a Fist & Tongue The Knuckles (Nostrovia! Poetry, 2016), Stag (Ladybox Books, 2016), Baby on Bar (Ghost City Press, 2017), and You Can’t Pick Your Genre (2nd edition Big Lucks, 2019).
Her recent poems, stories, and essays have appeared in The Best Indie Lit New England Anthology, Catapult, Cutbank, Dream Pop Press, Entropy, The Journal, Hypertrophic Literary, Little Fiction, Pinwheel, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Redivider, Sugar House Review, Washington Square and Whiskey Island, among many others. Her poem "de Los Muertos" was selected by Jericho Brown as the winner of Gigantic Sequins' second annual poetry contest. She has edited poetry and nonfiction for Side B Magazine, Printer's Devil Review, and Wyvern Lit.
She holds a degree in the synesthesia of storytelling from Hampshire College and is represented by Danielle Bukowski at Sterling Lord Literistic.