About

Emily O'Neill is a writer, artist, and proud Jersey girl.  She tells loud stories in her inside voice because she wants to keep you close.

photo by Jonathan Weiskopf

photo by Jonathan Weiskopf

Her work has appeared in The Best Indie Lit New England Anthology, Cutbank, The Journal, 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. Her debut 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.  She is the author of three chapbooks: Celeris (Fog Machine, 2016), You Can't Pick Your Genre (Jellyfish Highway, 2016), and Make a Fist & Tongue The Knuckles (Nostrovia! Poetry, 2016). 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.