Emily Hiestand

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Emily Hiestand (born 1947 Chicago) is an American writer and poet.


She grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art. In 1970, she moved to Boston, where she worked as a graphic designer. She studied at Boston University, with George Starbuck.[1]

She was an editor at Orion magazine and the Atlantic Monthly.[2]

Her work appears in Atlantic Monthly, Boston Globe Magazine, Bostonia, Georgia Review, Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New York Times, Orion, Partisan Review, Prairie Schooner, Southeast Review, The Nation,[3] The New Yorker.[4][5]






  • Robert Finch, John Elder, ed. (2002). "Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah". Nature writing: the tradition in English. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-04966-4. 
  • Jorie Graham, David Lehman, ed. (1990). The best American poetry, 1990. Charles Scribner's Sons. ISBN 978-0-684-19187-4. 
  • Jim Elledge, Susan Swartwout, ed. (1999). Real things: an anthology of popular culture in American poetry. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-33434-3. 


Emily Hiestand stretches the elastic border "around the place we call home," dissolving boundaries imposed by time and geography as she looks beneath the surface of the familiar.[6]


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