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emily stoddard

I'm a writer, the founder of the writing studio Voice & Vessel, and an affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists. My writing 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" that emerges in deep creative work. Grounding that kind of learning in the world has been an ongoing journey, and in 2017, my husband Carl and I took another leap in that direction. We bought 7.7 acres of land here in Michigan, and we’ll be setting roots in a way we haven’t before. I’m excited to learn alongside the seasons, hopefully with my hands in the dirt as much as on the page. 

 
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writing as a practice

Guides, teachers, learning.
 

I believe any creative practice is part of an ongoing conversation. A lineage, in a way. I’ve been influenced by many creative spirits, especially the Amherst Writers & Artists community. My work as a workshop leader and creative ally wouldn’t be possible without Pat Schneider 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 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 one-on-one writing coaching here in the mitten state and online. I also lead a writing circle meetup in Grand Rapids.

I don’t have the MFA that feels so ever-present these days. Instead, you could say I’m creating 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 wonderful Poets on the Coast, 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 actively 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!

 

publications

My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry JournalNew Poetry from the Midwest, BrackenAn Alphabet of Embers, The Manifest-StationWatershed ReviewCold Mountain ReviewMenacing HedgeHermeneutic Chaos, and elsewhere. Here’s a more complete list of my latest writing out in the world.