Emily O’Neill writes and tends bar in Boston, MA. She writes about grief, food & drink as refuge, the politics of entertainment, and bodily autonomy as compromised by trauma, abuse, & chronic illness. She loves classic film, especially Gene Kelly movies, and listens to Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This podcast on Hollywood’s forgotten history religiously. Among several manuscripts in progress, she’s currently researching & writing a book on Andy Warhol, a collection of stories set in a town that literally feeds their ghosts, and a writing manual for artists outside of academia. The books she’s been most excited about recently include work by Hala Alyan, Eloisa Amezcua, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Chen Chen, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Lindsay Hunter, Mary Karr, Ruth Madievsky, Anne Helen Petersen, and Megan Stielstra.
Her debut poetry collection, Pelican, is the inaugural winner of YesYes Books’ Pamet River Prize for first and second collections by women and nonbinary authors, as well as the winner of the 2016 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Series in poetry from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her second full length collection, a falling knife has no handle (YesYes Books, September 2018), was named one of the ten most anticipated poetry collections appearing this fall by Publisher’s Weekly. She is the author of five chapbooks, and her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Bennington Review, Cutbank, Jellyfish, Pinwheel, Redivider, Salt Hill, and Washington Square. She is the poetry editor of Wyvern Lit and is represented by Danielle Bukowski of Sterling Lord Literistic.
- a falling knife has no handle / YesYesBooks, September 2018
- Pelican / YesYes Books, 2015
- Celeris / Fog Machine, 2016
- “Do Nothing Unless It Feeds You” / Little Fiction
- “power / silver / polaroid” / Dream Pop Press
- “are you in the weeds” & “If you salvage the spill” / Rabble
- “Bootleg” / Noble/Gas Quarterly