Emily Lake Hansen (she/her) is a fat, queer, and invisibly disabled writer, teacher, and advocate and the author of the poetry collection Home and Other Duty Stations (Kelsay Books) as well as two chapbooks: Pharaoh’s Daughter Keeps a Diary (forthcoming from Kissing Dynamite Press) and The Way the Body Had to Travel (dancing girl press). Her poems and essays have appeared in Pleiades, 32 Poems, CALYX, So to Speak, The South Carolina Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, SWWIM, and Up the Staircase Quarterly among others, and she has been a finalist for the Frontier Poetry Breakthrough Chapbook Comptetition, the Black River Chapbook Competition, the C&R Press Book Award, the Santa Fe Writer’s Project Literary Award, and the Page Prize for Nonfiction.
Emily received an MFA in creative writing from Georgia College & State University and is currently a PhD candidate at Georgia State University where she serves as a graduate editor for Beyond Bars, a Mellon Grant-funded literary journal created in collaboration with writers from Philips State Prison. Emily’s creative and academic interests in Disability and Fat Studies as well as her committment to social-justice pedagogy are informed by her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She worked as a learning specialist for students with disbilities for five years and recently served a two-year term as the President of the Board of Directors for Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, a nonprofit learning center dedicated to closing racial and economic gaps in early childhood education. A former Navy brat, Emily now lives in Atlanta where she teaches first-year and creative writing at Agnes Scott College.