emily stoddard

I'm a writer, the founder of the writing studio Voice & Vessel, and an affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists. My practice is fed by curiosity in the areas of myth, mysticism, ancestry, and nature. I'm interested in how we make paths between our individual voices and the something-more felt in deep creative work. Grounding that learning in the world has been an ongoing and sometimes restless process, but in 2017, my husband Carl and I took a leap toward roots. We bought over seven acres of land here in Michigan and are making a new home there. I hope to learn alongside the seasons and keep my hands in the dirt as much as they're on the page. 


writing as a practice

I believe any creative practice is part of an ongoing conversation or lineage. My work as a workshop leader and creative ally wouldn’t be possible without Pat Schneider, the Amherst Writers & Artists community, and others before her, such as Brenda Ueland.


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'm grateful to have the chance to share it with others. In 2016, I opened Voice & Vessel, a writing studio based in Michigan. I offer writing workshops, retreats, and one-on-one writing coaching here in Grand Rapids and online.

In my ongoing creative practice, I’m tending to a “program of one’s own,” to borrow from Virginia Woolf. 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 Poets on the Coast retreat led by Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich, and was selected by Marge Piercy to participate in her 2013 Poetry Intensive. In 2017, I completed the Singing Over the Bones training with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. I'm also studying mythology, psychology, and spirituality (especially my Celtic roots) through courses with folks like Sharon Blackie. I love to meet kindred spirits who are traveling their own paths in these areas, so please say hello if that's you!


My writing appears in Radar, Tupelo Quarterly, Ruminate, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, An Alphabet of Embers, The Manifest-StationCold Mountain ReviewMenacing HedgeHermeneutic Chaos, and elsewhere. Here’s a more complete list of my latest writing out in the world.