Emmalie Dropkin is a fiction writer and lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she teaches composition through the lens of the environmental humanities and has also taught creative writing. She also serves as a VIDA Count Coordinator for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work blends speculative and literary traditions to explore climate change and has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Electric Lit, and the Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal. Emmalie is coeditor of Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance, released in 2019 by the University of Massachusetts Press.
Emmalie received the 2018 LeeAnne Smith White Prize for lyric writing on topics including “place, landscape, the environment, and issues of identity,” was nominated for the 2016 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, and was awarded a fellowship to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
Before pursuing graduate work in creative writing, Emmalie worked in federal policy and advocacy for early childhood care and education and taught elementary and middle school special education in the Baltimore City Public Schools. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UMass Amherst, a Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Leadership and Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a BA in English with a Creative Writing Concentration from Amherst College.
Emmalie lives in western Massachusetts with a dog and a cat who are finally starting to get along.