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 foci for her creative work include an exploration of the language of fables and fairy tales, grief and haunting, and metamorphoses of the body.
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 intersect with librarianship. Emilie is the curator for the gently haunted digital library of art and reading resources The Gretel, the managing poetry editor and librarian-in-residence for the arts and literary non-profit The Seventh Wave, and the assessment analyst for the digital scholarship project Project Vox with Duke University Libraries. She holds a BA with honors in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
ARTICLE, September 2021
Featured artist in column The Underline by Arshia Simkin: "Writer Emilie Menzel and The Gretel"
Orange County Arts Commission
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
PUBLICATION, July 2021
Resource Guide: "In Black and White" Library of Gently Haunted Art
PUBLICATION, March 2021
Flash Fiction / Prose Poem: "Here is the Logic I Have Maintained in Observing My Home"
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