Emily Hunt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Her poetry collection Dark Green (The Song Cave, 2015) was named a “standout debut” by Publishers Weekly and a "Must-Read Poetry Debut" by Lit Hub. Her work has been published by PEN Poetry Series, Hyperallergic, Poetry Foundation, Poetry Society of America, The Iowa Review, TYPO, The Volta, and Diagram, among others. Honors include the 2012 Iowa Review Poetry Prize, the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Poetry, and nominations for Best New Poets. In 2013, Brave Men Press published This Always Happens, a book of Hunt's drawings, and Floating Wolf Quarterly published New Clouds, a digital chapbook. She has provided cover art for several poetry collections and illustrations for numerous online publications.
Hunt has taught writing and poetry at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Westfield State University, Omnidawn Publishing, and elsewhere. She was a Visiting Writer at Reed College in 2015 and at UC Santa Cruz in 2016. She has worked at a variety of arts nonprofits, museums, and galleries. Currently, she is the Programs Manager at the Poetry Society of America.