EMILIE MENZEL, poet and librarian:
As an arts and humanities librarian, Emilie supports libraries as active sites of information creation and librarians as conduits for interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity. She works with Duke Libraries as a collection development assistant for the Lilly Art Library, the assessment analyst and teaching resources coordinator for the digital humanities project Project Vox, and the outreach coordinator for the Dictionary of Art Historians. Further, Emilie is the curator for the gently haunted creative library guide The Gretel, as well as the research and instruction librarian and managing poetry editor for the arts and literary non-profit The Seventh Wave. Her masters paper explores the intertextual information needs of visual artists and creative writers.
As a writer, Emilie is the recipient of the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Poetry (selected by Diana Khoi Nguyen) and the Cara Parravani Memorial Award in Fiction (selected by Leigh Newman), and her manuscript The Girl Who Became a Rabbit was a finalist for Tupelo Press's Berkshire Prize. Her poetry and prose hybridities are featured in such journals as The Bennington Review, The Offing, and Copper Nickel. Recent foci for her creative work include explorations of the rhetoric of fables and fairy tales, bodily memory and haunting, and metamorphoses.
Emilie holds a BA in English from Wellesley College, an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an MSLS (August 2022) with an Academic Libraries concentration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
TALK, May 2022
Process Talk: "Finding Creative Libraries"
Free, Zoom, 8pm est
hosted by Seventh Wave
PUBLICATION, February 2022
Prose Poem: "The Girl Who Became a Rabbit"
PUBLICATION, October 2021
Prose Poem: "Ellis"
INTERVIEW, August 2021
Interviewed by Regina Rosenfeld: "That's the skill, I think: to allow yourself to fail and learn how to keep going"
Pine Hills Review
POETRY & 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
"Shaken Face if I Stay on My Own" and "You Believe You are Building an Order You Resemble" | The Spectacle | Fall 2019
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