poet, editor, teacher

About Me

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Originally from New York City, Emma Winsor Wood holds a BA from Harvard in Russian History & Literature and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she taught literature and poetry writing. Her poetry has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, in addition to appearing in journals such as jubilatThe Seattle Review, DIAGRAM, The Colorado Review, and The Journal. In 2018, her manuscript, Preferred Internal Landscape, was named a finalist in the CSU, BOAAT, and Zone 3 first book prizes. It was named a semi-finalist in the University of Wisconsin's Brittingham and Felix Pollak prizes.  

Her first book, A Failed Performance: Short Plays and Scenes by Daniil Kharms, a collaborative translation with the poet C Dylan Bassett, was recently published by Plays Inverse Press. 

She currently lives, with her husband and their two dogs, in Santa Cruz, CA, where she works as an editor for Stone Soup, and is pursuing a PhD in the Creative-Critical track at the University of California Santa Cruz.





  • Powerlifter: In a culture that prizes female beauty over all else, telling women that they will be ugly, freakish, and/or undesirable if they look too athletic is a highly effective, and entirely legal, way to keep them out of the weight room and on the elliptical.
  • All Happy Couples are Alike: "I'm sorry," he said. "We would've had beautiful children."
  • The Works and Days of Elena ShvartsThough Shvarts still stands in my mind on a pedestal hewn with the word POET—not PERSON, not WOMAN, not SOMEONE I COULD HAVE MET AT A COCKTAIL PARTY—I’m generally pleased with my progress.
  • Start of Darkness: In the summer of 2010, I traveled to Russia to volunteer at the Kitezh-Orion Children’s Community. Three weeks after arriving, I lost half of the vision in my left eye. 


As a contributor, and now editor, for the Rumpus interviews section, I have interviewed a number of writers, including Mary Karr, Robyn Schiff, Terese Svoboda, and Amy Fusselman. You can find them all here

I have also been the subject of a few interviews, listed below: 

  • Interview with Joseph Dobrian, "Interesting People"
  • Interview with The Collagist 
  • Interview with New Delta Reivew






2016   MFA (Poetry), University of Iowa, Iowa Writers’ Workshop

2012   BA in Russian History and Literature, Harvard University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude

Senior Honors Thesis: “Fleeing the Poetic Convent: Elena Shvarts’s ‘Works and Days’ and Problems of Female Authorship in the Late-Soviet Literary Underground”


2016-2018          University of California Santa Cruz, Lecturer

2017-2018          San José State University, Stretch English Instructor

                       Part of a teaching cohort working to revolutionize the way we teach college writing.

2015-2016          University of Iowa, Instructor of Poetry Writing

2014-2015          University of Iowa, Instructor of Literature


2017-present    Stone Soup Magazine, Editor

2016-present    Essay Consultant for LaMeire College Consulting and Brittany Maschal Consulting

2016-2017        Tutor at UCSC’s Westside Writing Center

2016-2017        The Rumpus, Deputy Interviews Editor

2014-2016        The Morning News, Contributing Editor and Art Editor

2015-2016         SparkNotes, Contributing Writer to the SparkLife blog

2012-2014         Aram Fox, Inc., Literary Scout

2010-2012         Harvard University, Research Assistant for Kevin Birmingham’s national bestseller,                                           A Most Dangerous Book 

HONORS AND AWARDS                                                                                                  

2016   Awarded the post-graduate Pflughaupt Prize on the strength of my poetry manuscript

2016   Selected from a competitive pool of Iowa poets to attend the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference on the                Jack Leggett Scholarship

2015   Recipient of a Teaching-Writing Fellowship, in recognition of demonstrated excellence in poetry writing

2012    Awarded the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, given to the best senior theses across majors, and the                 Oliver-Dabney Senior Prize for a senior thesis of high distinction within my major

2011    Harvard College Research Project Grant for thesis research in St. Petersburg, Russia



Forthcoming book: A Failed Performance: Selected Plays of Daniil Kharms. Plays Inverse. Winter 2018. Translating with C. Dylan Bassett.


2016    Pioneer Book, Provo, UT

2016    Mission Creek Festival Lit Crawl, Iowa City, IA

2015    Anthology Reading Series, Iowa City, IA

2014    Quiet Lightning, San Francisco, CA

2014    MFA Mixer, San Francisco, CA


French (5 years)

Russian (4 years, intensive)

Latin (3 years)

Ancient Greek (2 years)


Extensive experience with social media (Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram), Microsoft Office, Pages, Wordpress, Submittable, Google Drive, Dropbox, copy editing, fact-checking, archival and internet research, and office administration. Clear and frequent communicator. Very prompt with email.


Vegetarian, loves dogs and Twitter, runs marathons, lifts weights, listens to a lot of podcasts. Favorite TV shows include BuffyBojackThe Office, and Twin Peaks.

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