Emily Wallis Hughes is a poet and editor who grew up in Agua Caliente, California, a small town in the Sonoma Valley. Sugar Factory, her first full-length book of poems, containing a series of twelve new paintings by Sarah Riggs in collaboration with Emily’s poetry, was published in January 2019 by Spuyten Duyvil. Her poems have been published in the Berkeley Poetry Review, Cordella, Elderly, Gigantic Magazine, Menage, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prelude, Suisun Valley Review, A Women’s Thing, ZAUM, and others.
Emily co-edited Slovene avant-garde poet Jure Detela’s Moss & Silver, translated by Raymond Miller with Tatjana Jamnik (Ugly Duckling Presse). Currently she is an editor at Fence, where she focuses on Elecment and Constant Critic through Fence Digital, and proofreads Fence, the print literary journal.
In California, Emily 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. In addition to Rutgers – New Brunswick, Emily has taught creative writing courses at New York University and the University of California, Davis.
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 currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Emily enjoys giving readings in both traditional and exploratory formats. She has been a featured poet at The Astoria Bookshop, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, Penn Book Center, Unnameable Books, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, John Natsoulas Gallery, Readers’ Books, the Sacramento Poetry Center, KDVS 90.3, and other places that welcome and support poets.