Emily O'Neill writes and tends bar in Boston, MA.
Her debut poetry collection, Pelican (2015, available now), is the inaugural winner of YesYes Books' Pamet River Prize for first and second collections by women and genderqueer 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, is forthcoming from YesYes in 2018. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks: Celeris (Fog Machine, 2016), You Can't Pick Your Genre (Jellyfish Highway, 2016), Make a Fist & Tongue The Knuckles (Nostrovia! Poetry, 2016), and Baby on Bar (Ghost City Press, 2017).
Her recent poems, stories, and essays have appeared in The Best Indie Lit New England Anthology, Callisto, Cutbank, Dream Pop Press, Entropy, The Journal, Hypertrophic Literary, 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 teaches creative writing at the Boston Center For Adult Education.