Emily Skaja

Assistant Professor, Co-Director of The Pinch Presents

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Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.F.A., Purdue University
M.A., Temple University
B.A., Millikin University


Academic Summary

Emily Skaja's first book, Brute, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is the recipient of the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and The New York Times Magazine, among other places. She teaches in the MFA program and also serves as the poetry co-editor of Southern Indiana Review.


Brute (US: Graywolf Press, UK: Little, Brown Book Group). 2019.

Select Publications 

"50 Ways to End a Poem" by Emily Skaja. Lit Hub. April 12, 2024. 
Three Poems by Emily Skaja. American Poetry Review. July/August Issue, 2024. 
"If Anyone Should Fight to Breathe." What Things Cost: An Anthology for the People. Rebecca Gayle Howell and Ashley M. Jones, Eds. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2023.
The Academy of American Poets (Various Poems)
Blackbird: "It's Impossible to Keep White Moths" & "Figure of Woman Coming Out of a Wall"
The New York Times Magazine: "Brute Strength"
The Slowdown, "Philadelphia"