"Hunger,"  appears in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney,  W. W. Norton & Co., November 2015.

The essay is mentioned by Janet Sternburg in the LA Times Book Review, December 11, 2015:

"Emily Holt, whose first publication this is, writes a gorgeous line that could also describe this book: 'We’re indirect, all possibilities running off in rivers that splinter the country, because who would want to choose just one river?' Brief Encounters doesn’t ask us to choose one river but rather to see all possibilities. Paradoxically, “brief” can be another word for generous, in this poetic and generative anthology."

Quotes on this site's cover page are from this essay.


If Not Savior:

  • Semi-finalist, Tomaž Šalamun Prize, 2019 (chapbook)

  • Honorable Mention, Tupelo Open Reading Period, 2018 (manuscript)

  • Special commendation, 2017 Patrick Kavanagh Award, selected by Brian Lynch (chapbook )

  • Finalist, Munster Literature Centre's 2016 Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition (chapbook)

From Thomas McCarthy:
"…technically fab…savvy, fiercely aware of the technical aspects of making a poem work – by riding on the tone created by space and descriptive hesitation."

''Interfaced," Best New British and Irish Poets, selected by Maggie Smith, Eyewear Publishing, 2018, forthcoming.

Featured Reader, Introductions Series, Cork International Poetry Festival 2018.

"Mystic," Runner-up, 2017 Dermot Healy International Poetry Award, selected by Vona Groarke. 

"When We Were Foreign," Longlist, 2017 Dermot Healy International Poetry Award.

"Our Red Evening," Poetry Ireland Review, Issue 121, Spring 2017.

No Wounds Here: Image + Text, Selected, appears in Issue 40 of Talking River, 2016.

No Wounds Here: Image + Text, Semifinalist, 2016 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.

Abridged online flipbook. Painting by Ian Cumberland.

Abridged online flipbook. Painting by Ian Cumberland.

"Do You Take This Man?" appears in the November 2016 issue of Abridged.

"If Not Savior" and "Stay or Go" appear in the October 2015 issue of The Honest Ulsterman.

"Belfast, Béal Feirste, Winter 2001" was a finalist for the 2015 Jane Plumly Prize, Hermeneutic Chaos. Text & audio here.

"Confessional" and "The Tinahely Show" appear in the 2009 issue of Fragments.


Some of my past clients and projects have included:

  • Real-Time Editing & Design (Dublin, Ireland)

  • The Puget Sound Business Journal

  • Seattle University

  • Pacific Lutheran University Rainier Writing Workshop

  • Manuscript consultation for independent authors

  • The Thinking Young Woman