Emma Bolden is a poet and writer, a former professor, and director of First Avenue Ventures.
Bolden graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts as a creative writing student. She completed a a bachelor of liberal arts at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York amd a master of fine arts in creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
She was hired as a full-time instructor at Auburn University in 2005, as a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky in 2008, and as an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia in 2011. She has also taught at the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning in Lexington, Kentucky.
Bolden was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2017, and a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2019. She has served as an editor for the Tupelo Quarterly and Screen Door Review, and formerly published a weblog entitled "A Century of Nerve."
- Bolden, Emma (2007) "How to Recognize a Lady" in Edge by Edge. Toadlily Press
- Bolden, Emma (2008) "The Sad Epistles" Dancing Girl Press
- Bolden, Emma (2008) "The Mariner's Wife" Finishing Line Press
- Bolden, Emma (2013) "This Is Our Hollywood" in The Chapbook, Vol. 2.
- Bolden, Emma (2013) Maleficae. GenPop Books
- Bolden, Emma (2014) Geography V Winged City Press
- Bolden, Emma (2016) medi(t)ations Noctuary Press
- Bolden, Emma (2018) House Is An Enigma. Southeast Missouri State University Press
- Bolden, Emma (2022) The Tiger and the Cage: A Memoir of a Body in Crisis. Soft Skull Press
- Van Duyne, Emily (November 17, 2022) "Choosing to Bear Witness: Writing the Story of a Body" Literary Hub
- Emma Bolden website
- Emma Bolden at arts.gov