EMILIE MENZEL, poet and librarian:
Emilie is the author of the book-length poem The Girl Who Became a Rabbit, forthcoming from Hub City Press (Fall 2024) and winner of the 2023 New Southern Voices Poetry Prize (selected by Molly McCully Brown). Her poetry hybridities have received the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Poetry (selected by Diana Khoi Nguyen) and the Cara Parravani Memorial Award in Fiction (selected by Leigh Newman), been named as finalists for the Grist Pro Forma and Tupelo Press Berkshire Prizes, and been featured in such journals as The Bennington Review, The Offing, and Copper Nickel. Their writing examines reclaimed narratives of embodiment, gentle hauntings, and fables of the body.
As a librarian, Emilie supports critical librarianship, libraries as active sites of information creation, and librarians as conduits for collaboration and creativity. They work with Duke University's Goodson Law Library as the Collections Management and Strategies Librarian. Additionally, she is the Senior Poetry Editor and Research and Instruction Librarian for The Seventh Wave, as well as the curator of the creative library guide The Gretel. Her library science research explores the information seeking behavior and visual studies engagement of creative writers.
Emilie holds a BA in English from Wellesley College, an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an MSLS from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She lives in the wooded skirts of Durham, North Carolina.
HONOR, August 2023
Book The Girl Who Became a Rabbit awarded New Southern Voices Poetry Prize and publication
Hub City Press
EDITING PUBLICATION, June 2023
Release of Issue 16: Proximities
The Seventh Wave
PUBLICATION, March 2023
Article: "E-Books and Open Book Exams," co-author with Jane Bahnson
American Association of Law Libraries: CRIV Blog
HONOR, November 2022
Book The Girl Who Became a Rabbit on finalist longlist for Open Reading Period
"Sewn into the Age of Light" | Cream City Review
"Rabbit" | Foundry
"I Pull My Leaf Leg Stockings Off My Body" | The Boiler
ARTIST PROFILES, SELECTIONS
"The Poetic Curator, Fred Joiner" | Orange County Arts Commission)
"Charlie Dupee's Reclaiming Kitsch" | Chapelboro (originally published with Orange County Arts Commission)
"As She Sings She Writes, with Kelly Starling Lyons" | Chapelboro (originally published with OCAC)
"Sean T. Bailey and the Photography of Belonging" | OCAC