EMILIE MENZEL is a poet, writer, and finder.
Her poetry and prose hybridities are featured in such journals as Black Warrior Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Offing, and Passages North. She is the recipient of the Cara Parravani Memorial Award in Fiction (selected by Leigh Newman), the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Poetry (selected by Diana Khoi Nguyen), and her manuscript The Girl Who Became a Rabbit was a recent finalist for Tupelo Press's Berkshire Prize. Recent focuses for her creative work include an exploration of the language of fables and fairy tales, grief and haunting, and metamorphoses of the body.
Emilie is the curator for the gently haunted digital library of art and reading resources The Gretel and a managing editor for the arts and literary non-profit The Seventh Wave. She builds local arts resources, events, and community for North Carolina with the Orange County Arts Commission. Additionally, Emilie is currently studying for a masters in librarianship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where her research explores how creative practices can be used to build literacy and community. She holds a BA with honors in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
ISSUE LAUNCH, April 2021
"Rebellious Joy" Issue 13 Launch (poetry editor)
PUBLICATION, April 2021
Resource Guide: Resources for Rebellious Joy
PUBLICATION, March 2021
Flash Fiction / Prose Poem: "Here is the Logic I Have Maintained in Observing My Home"
PUBLICATION, June 2021
Article: "Carrboro Cartoonist Max Huffman Inks a Wry New Comic Collection"
Orange County Arts Commission
POETRY & FLASH FICTION, SELECTIONS
"Here is the Logic I Have Maintained in Observing My Home" | The Offing | Spring 2021
"Sewn into the Age of Light" | Cream City Review | Winter 2021
"Rabbit" | Foundry | Fall 2020
"I Pull My Leaf Leg Stockings Off My Body" | The Boiler | Summer 2020
"And yes, I will have this act again" | Black Warrior Review, Online: Nominated for Best of the Net | Summer 2019
COMMUNITY ARTIST PROFILES, SELECTIONS
"The Poetic Curator, Fred Joiner" | Orange County Arts Commission) | Spring 2021
"Charlie Dupee's Reclaiming Kitsch" | Chapelboro (originally published with Orange County Arts Commission) | Winter 2021
"As She Sings She Writes, with Kelly Starling Lyons" | Chapelboro (originally published with OCAC) | Winter 2021
"Doing It for Themselves: New Artist-Run Spaces in Chapel Hill and Carrboro" | OCAC | Fall 2020
"Sean T. Bailey and the Photography of Belonging" | OCAC | Spring 2020