Emily Wallis Hughes grew up in Agua Caliente, California, a small town in the Sonoma Valley. Her poems have been published in ZAUM, Gigantic Magazine, A Women’s Thing, Sacramento News & Review, and anthologized in Burning the Little Candle (Ad Lumen Press). New work is forthcoming in Menage. She earned a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of California, Davis. After living in Berkeley and working in San Francisco, she taught English composition and literature at American River College and Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California.
While pursuing an MFA in Poetry at New York University, Emily was a Writers in the Public Schools Fellow, working for the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in partnership with the NYU Creative Writing Program. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she volunteers for Ugly Duckling Presse. Emily currently teaches creative writing at Rutgers-New Brunswick and composition at the College of Staten Island (CUNY).
Emily enjoys giving readings in both traditional and exploratory formats. She has been a featured poet at Unnameable Books, John Natsoulas Gallery, the Sacramento Poetry Center, KDVS 90.3, and other places that welcome and support poets.