Emily Leithauser is a Visiting Assistant Professor in English at Emory University, where she is also a Visiting Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program. Her first collection of poems, The Borrowed World, is the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Prize and was published by Able Muse Press in July 2016. She is the recipient of the Grand Prize in Poetry, judged by Vijay Seshadri, for the 2015 Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival. Her poems and translations have appeared in New Ohio Review, Literary Imagination, Southwest Review, Blackbird, Measure, Iron Horse Literary Review, Unsplendid, and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, among other journals.
Leithauser studied publishing at the Columbia School of Journalism and French History and Literature at Harvard University. Before earning her M.F.A in poetry at Boston University, she worked for the history, women’s studies, and psychology editors at Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin’s Press, in New York. In Boston, she served as the Editorial Assistant to the poetry editor of The Atlantic. Her critical scholarship on Anthony Hecht’s archive at Emory’s Rose Library has appeared most recently in The Hopkins Review. Other scholarship includes her article “Traveling Figures and Figures of Travel in the ‘The Arkansas Testament’: Derek Walcott’s Quarrel with the American South.” ” in The Global South (Spring 2017). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.