Hi there! I’m Emily Stoddard, a writer of poetry, essays, and the occasional short story. Poetry is my first love. Essays are often where I turn when a poem decides it doesn’t want to be a poem anymore. Fiction writing is an ongoing conquest. I love blurring the lines between all of them whenever it feels right.
I don’t think it’s fair to pigeon hole anyone into what their writing may or may not be “about.” But I can say that there are certain ideas and questions that keep bringing me back to language and story-making. Connectedness and spiritual roots/purpose, fueled by a deep well of restlessness, have been ongoing explorations in my writing and life since I started keeping a journal in sixth grade.
I don’t have the MFA that feels so ever-present these days. Instead, I’m cobbling together a “program of one’s own,” you might say. (And I’m always happy to trade notes with people who are doing the same.) I completed workshops at The Writing Salon and The Grotto while living in San Francisco. I also studied with Diane Wakoski at Michigan State University, am an alum of the wonderful Poets on the Coast, and was selected by Marge Piercy to participate in her 2013 Poetry Intensive.
In 2015, I became a Certified Leader of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method. It’s one of the most generative and welcoming approaches to writing that I’ve found, so I was thrilled to have a chance to share it with others. In 2016, I opened Voice & Vessel, a writing studio based in Michigan. I offer writing workshops, retreats, and creative guidance here in the mitten state and online. I also lead a monthly writing circle meetup in Grand Rapids.
My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, New Poetry from the Midwest, An Alphabet of Embers, Watershed Review, Cold Mountain Review, Menacing Hedge, Hermeneutic Chaos, and elsewhere. Please say hello on Twitter at @emilystoddard or at hello (at) emilystoddard (dot) com.