About \ Bio

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. Sugar Factory was a finalist for both the Fence Modern Poets Series Prize and the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize. Her poems have been published in the Berkeley Poetry ReviewCordellaElderlyGigantic MagazineMenagePainted Bride Quarterly, Prelude, Suisun Valley ReviewA Women’s Thing, ZAUM, and many other journals.

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 edits Elecment, co-edits The Constant Critic, and directs distribution of Fence, the 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, indoors and outdoors.  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, Rutgers New Brunswick Writers’ House, Sacramento Poetry Center, KDVS 90.3, and other places that welcome and support poets, including redwood forests.

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