Emily is a queer Appalachian poet and blue-collar scholar. Originally from Fort Chiswell, Virginia (you may have stopped there for gas once), she now lives in central North Carolina, where she teaches first-year writing, literature, and creative writing at a community college. She earned a BA in Creative Writing and Literature from Virginia Tech and an MA in English from the University of Louisville before settling in the Tar Heel State, where she lives with her perfect precious baby cat Plum and all the houseplants that Plum has not yet managed to eat.
Emily’s first published chapbook, WE ARE BIRDS, explored queer relationships and intimacy. She is currently working on a collection of prose poems about queerness, Appalachia, body horror, and her family, all of which have more in common than she originally anticipated. She also writes a monthly column for Boshemia Magazine. More of her published works and information about her can be found on her website, emilyblairpoet.com.
When she isn’t teaching, reading, or writing, she enjoys cooking, exploring North Carolina with her partner and their dog, and trying to find the best lox bagel in the south. She’s always up for recommendations on the bagel part.