Emily Skaja (pronounced SKAY-juh) grew up next to a cemetery in northern Illinois. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, FIELD, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Currently, she lives in Ohio, where she is finishing a PhD in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is also the Associate Poetry Editor of Southern Indiana Review.
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Emily was the winner of the 2015 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, The Russell Prize for emerging poets, an Academy of American Poets College Prize, and an AWP Intro Award. Her poems have been shortlisted for the Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest, the Booth Poetry Prize, the Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and the Sonora Review Poetry Prize.
She holds degrees in Creative Writing from Millikin University (BA), Temple University (MA), and Purdue University (MFA). During her MFA, she worked with Julie Henson as Poetry Co-Editor of Sycamore Review. She has taught composition, creative writing, and craft classes at Temple University, Purdue University, the Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing, and the University of Cincinnati.
In the summer of 2017, Emily was awarded a Taft Summer Research Fellowship to visit the archives at Smith College to compose a hybrid lyric essay about feminist theory, women’s history, and Sylvia Plath.