Emily Hunt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Her works include the poetry collection Dark Green (The Song Cave), named a “standout debut” by Publishers Weekly and a "Must-Read Poetry Debut" by Lit Hub; Cousins (Cold Cube Press), a book of photographs; Company (The Song Cave), a poetry chapbook; This Always Happens (Brave Men Press), a book of drawings and text; and New Clouds (Floating Wolf Quarterly), a digital poetry chapbook.
Her poems have been published in the 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. She has provided cover art for several poetry collections and published visual work in numerous online publications, including Gramma Weekly and Mount Analogue.
Hunt has been a Visiting Writer at University of Richmond, Reed College, and UC Santa Cruz. She has taught writing and poetry at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Westfield State University, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Omnidawn Publishing, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, and elsewhere. She has worked for a variety of museums, galleries, and arts nonprofits, including the Poetry Society of America, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Action Books, the Emily Dickinson Museum, and the Academy of American Poets, among others.
She has also worked as a bookseller, nanny, pizza seller, waitress, caterer, model, studio assistant, art teacher, intern, weed puller, wall painter, and on an assembly line for a flower delivery startup.