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 Wrtiers' Workshop and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, in addition to appearing in journals such as The Seattle Review, DIAGRAM, The Colorado Review, and The Journal.
Her first book, A Failed Performance: Collected Plays of Daniil Kharms, a collborative translation with the poet C Dylan Bassett, is forthcoming from Plays Inverse in Winter 2018.
She currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where she works as a freelance editor and adjunct professor while her husband pursues a PhD in Literature.
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:
CV SECTION I: EMPLOYMENT HISTORY & AWARDS
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”
2016-2017 University of California Santa Cruz, College 9 Core Instructor
Class sizes: 24 (Fall 2016), 24 (Fall 2016)
2015-2016 University of Iowa, Instructor of Poetry Writing
Class sizes: 13 (Fall 2015) and 17 (Spring 2016)
2014-2015 University of Iowa, Instructor of Literature
Class sizes: 20 (Fall 2014), 23 (Spring 2015), and 21 (Spring 2015)
2016-present Tutor at UCSC’s Westside Writing Center
2016-present Essay Consultant for LaMeire College Consulting and Brittany Maschal Consulting
2016-present The Rumpus, Deputy Interviews Editor
2014-present 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
CV SECTION II: OTHER
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 Buffy, Bojack, The Office, and Twin Peaks.
A part-time editor for online publications such as The Rumpus and The Morning News and a consultant for high school students working on their college essays, my services include developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading for literary fiction manuscripts, poetry and essay collections, memoir, scholarly work (dissertations, theses, book projects), as well as application and fellowship essays.
A graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, I currently work as a writing tutor at UCSC. Having worked in NYC publishing for two years, and having been a poet among poets while at Iowa, I also have a strong understanding of both the mainstream and small-press publishing scenes.
But don't just take my word for it! Here's what former clients had to say:
Emma Winsor Wood’s extensive training as a literary editor and poet is clear in her manuscript consultations. Not only does she help to shape the thematic and narrative movement in your manuscript, but she also attends to the sentence-level mechanics of language and style. With vivid, clear feedback and solid grounding in a variety of literature and texts, she is an excellent reader who works with you to identify and develop your project’s unique vision.
—Courtney Kersten, author of Daughter in Retrograde: A Memoir (forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press)
Emma accepted my emergency request for proofreading help, delivered right on time, and saved me from some deeply regrettable errors. She is a pleasure to work with, and I warmly recommend her.
—David B. Morris, University of Virginia, author, Eros and Illness (Harvard University Press, 2017)
Emma gave me invaluable help in preparing my novel, Goat Girl, for an agent search. She straightened out punctuation with dialogue, suggested section breaks to improve the novel's flow, and offered strategies for character development. Emma was efficient and professional with her time, making the experience affordable and worthwhile.
—Melinda Weinstein, Associate Professor, English, Lawrence Technological University
This past fall, I began working as a college essay consultant for LaMeire College Consulting and Brittany Maschal Consulting, helping students develop, revise, and finalize their college application essays. As an experienced editor and writing teacher who has also informally coached and edited a handful of friends through their college and graduate school applications (and gone through the process with graduate school recently myself!), I am thrilled to begin offering my own services for college admissions counseling, transfer applications, and graduate counseling.
As your counselor, I will work in conjunction with Brittany Maschal, a seasoned college consultant who has worked in admissions at a number of universities, including Princeton, UPenn, and Johns Hopkins, in order to provide you with the expertise and attention individuals need during this often-trying process.
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