Lynn Emanuel

  • Professor Emerita

Lynn Emanuel retired in 2018. She was a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh where she directed the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers’ Series, which she also founded.

Lynn is the author of five books of poetry: Hotel FiestaThe DigThen, Suddenly—, Noose and Hook, and most recently, The Nerve of It:  New and Selected Poems. Her work has been featured many times in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry and is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry.  She has been a poetry editor for the Pushcart Prize Anthology, a member of the Literature Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a judge for the National Book Awards.  She has been, as well,  the recipient of numerous awards including the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a fellowship from the Ranieri Foundation and the National Poetry Series. 

She has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Bennington Writers' Conference, The Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing and has been the Elliston Distinguished Poet-in-Residence in  the PhD program at University of Cincinnati.  

Read Jeff Oaks's essay, "13 Ways of Looking at Lynn Emanuel" in The Fifth Floor.
Nine poems by Lynn Emanuel from The Poetry Foundation.
Listen to an interview with Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts.
Learn about critical studies of Lynn's work.


Book Cover of The Nerve Of It: Poems New and SelectedBook cover of Noose and HookBook cover of Then, SuddenlyBook Cover of The DigBook cover of Hotel Fiesta