Emily A. Benton is a writing and editing professional currently living in Honolulu.
Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, Southern Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, and Harpur Palate, among other journals. Her poetry has also been a finalist for the Ian MacMillan Award from Hawai'i Review, the Pocataligo Prize from Yemassee Journal, and the 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review. In addition, she has received nominations for Best of the Net and Best New Poets.
Emily is an assistant poetry editor for storySouth and a former poetry editor for The Greensboro Review. She has also provided editorial and promotional work for MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing and Iodine Poetry Journal, and has been a contributing writer for The Charlotte Observer and other publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Communications-Journalism from Queens University of Charlotte.
Professionally, Emily has served various roles across nonprofits, the private sector, and higher education. She has offered editing, copywriting, and integrated marketing and communications strategy for her employers and clients.
Emily is currently at work on her first book of poems. She is also available for freelance writing and editing, readings, workshops, and marketing consultation.