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 jubilat, The 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.
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”
2016-2018 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
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.