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Emily K Michael


English | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Creative Nonfiction, Disability Studies, Grammar, Linguistics, Poetry, Professional Communication, Rhetoric & Composition


MA in English, University of North Florida, 2012

BA in English, University of North Florida, 2010


Emily K. Michael is a blind poet, musician, and writing instructor from Jacksonville, FL. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Wordgathering, The Hopper, Artemis Journal, The Deaf Poets Society, Nine Mile Magazine, Compose Journal, The Fem, Rogue Agent, Disability Rhetoric, Breath & Shadow, Bridge Eight, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, I Am Subject Stories, BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog, Barriers and Belonging, AWP Writer’s Notebook, and Mosaics (Vol. 2). Her manuscript Natural Compliance won Honorable Mention in The Hopper’s 2016 Prize for Young Poets. Emily is the poetry editor for Wordgathering, an open-access journal under the auspices of Syracuse University. Emily’s work centers on the themes of ecology, disability, feminism, and music. She develops grammar workshops for multilingual learners and participates in local writing festivals. She also curates the Blind Academy blog. Her first book Neoteny: Poems is out from Finishing Line Press. 


Pushcart nomination, 2019

Finalist for The Atlantis Award, 2019


Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature (Syracuse University)

Publications & Presentations

TEDx Talk: The Confluence of Disability and Imagination

Book: Neoteny: Poems

Contact Information

(904) 620-2273


Office Hours

TW 10am-12pm