I’m excited to share a recent interview I did for Bidwell Hollow, a literary newsletter celebrating authors and book events! In this interview, I talk about teaching, embodied poetry, and the meaning of “neoteny.” I appreciate the thoughtful questions and the chance to discuss my work! Read the full interview here.
I am excited to say that Neoteny: Poems is on its way to the printer! The book is also now available on Amazon! Click here to order. I had the pleasure of writing the long Amazon description for Neoteny, so here it is! A lively and imaginative debut, Neoteny explores blindness, family, and birdsong. In these poems, … More NEOTENY on the way!
I have some very exciting news! Yesterday I found out that my publisher, Finishing Line Press, nominated Neoteny: Poems for The Pushcart Prize! This prize is specifically for the literary work of small presses, and each press may put forward six nominees for the year. I am one of five nominations from Finishing Line! I … More NEOTENY Gets Nominated!
I sat down with Karen Rieley of the Resident Community News for a conversation about disability, family, and education. We talked about the importance of mentors and the value of passing along we learn. Read the full story here.
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By Emily K. Michael As a writing teacher, I spend more time defending poetry than prose. When I tell my students, “We’ll be doing poetry today,” I hear groans and sighs. And when I share that I write poetry, people say, ‘I always had trouble with poetry.” Or…
A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Rance Adams of WJXT’s River City Live, and I am so excited to share the feature. Rance asked insightful and empathetic questions, and he created a wonderful segment about my work, even including clips from my TEDx presentation and JaxbyJax readings. The feature aired today at 11AM. … More My feature on River City Live
Recently I wrote a short post for social media that included five facts about guide dogs. I wanted to share these facts as responses to common misconceptions that people have. People often ask me, “Does your dog EVER get to play?” or “What is he like when the harness comes off?” I did not expect … More 5 Facts about Guide Dogs
This morning I spoke with Charleen Shirk on WJCT’s First Coast Connect. We talked about Neoteny: Poems, the importance of mentorship, and cultivating a poet’s awareness. I explained that disability alone is not an angle or a superpower: it is a cultural identity. Listen to the full interview here. My segment starts around 35:30. You … More My spot on First Coast Connect
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Submissions are now being accepted for Brevity’s upcoming special issue, “Experiences of Disability,” to be published in September 2020. You can submit your flash essays here. For this issue, we invite brief nonfiction submissions (750 words or fewer) that consider all aspects of illness and disability: what it is,…
I’m thrilled to announce that nine of my poems are included in the Fall 2019 issue of Nine Mile Magazine! This special double issue was guest-edited by Diane Wiener, and it features the work of disabled, D/deaf, and neurodivergent poets. My poems in this issue are “Faith,” “A Phenomenology of Blindness,” “Ajeen,” “Patronage,” “Anniversary in … More Nine poems in Nine Mile!
Dr. Carol Dweck’s research on fixed and growth mindsets applies to accessibility. A fixed mindset is when someone assumes that a situation cannot be changed or improved while a growth mindset moves forward with the belief that a situation can be improved. So if I am in a meeting and someone hands me a document … More Fixed vs. Growth Mindset: Accessibility
This weekend, I was thrilled to be a guest on Scribbler’s Corner at River of Grass, a local podcast featuring interviews with Florida writers. My hosts, Darlyn Finch Kuhn and Brad Kuhn, welcomed me into their home studio for a warm and engaging conversation about writing, mentorship, and the habits of a creative life. We … More Guest on Scribbler’s Corner at River of Grass
The September issue of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature is live! This is a very special issue for all of us who have worked on Wordgathering over the years: the last issue edited by our kind and capable Michael Northen. In 2013, my first published poems appeared in Wordgathering. Since then, Mike … More My work in the latest Wordgathering
Today I talked about Neoteny: Poems on News4Jax’s Morning Show. I got to discuss my love of teaching and the process of writing a book. Here’s the video. Thank you to everyone who has ordered a copy of my book – and to all who have liked and shared my posts! I am so encouraged … More Catch me on The Morning Show
As a writer, I often reread my own work. You might think this is out of pride or self-importance, but it really isn’t. I reread my own work to see if it holds up to the passing of hours, days, years. I write as much for myself as I do for a more public audience, … More Finalist for the 2018 Atlantis Award!