Emily Ferrara

Author's Bio

Emily Ferrara is the author of The Alchemy of Grief, a collection of poems selected to win the Bordighera Poetry Prize, and published in bilingual edition (English and Italian) in 2007. She is featured, along with the book's translator Sabine Pascarelli, in the winter 2008 season of NPR’s “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress.” She is an assistant professor of family medicine and community health at University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she has taught medical creative writing and doctor-patient communication. She has published and presented nationally on the power of writing to foster personal & professional development, and on creative writing as a form of reflective practice.

Publications and Prizes

Educators, Therapists and Artists on Reflective Practice; Authored book chapter "The Saving Grace of Vulnerability: Fostering Reflective Practice in Medical Students through Creative Writing"
(Peter Lang Publishing, 2004)
, The Alchemy of Grief
(Bordighera Press, 2007)
Charlton Poets and Friends
(Charlton Poetry Group, 1990)
, Charlton Poets and Friends II
(Charlton Poetry Group, 1992)
, Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains
(Salt Marsh Pottery Press, 2005)
, The Poets Cookbook: Recipes from Tuscany
(Bordighera Press, 2009)
, Wild in Our Breasts for Centuries: Women and the Returning Realities of War
(Fulcrum, 2008)
Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Damfino Journal, Full Circle, Lifeboat: A Journal of Memoir, Lumina, Lynx Eye, MiPOesias, Muddy River Poetry Review, Poesy, San Pedro River Review, Superstition Review, UU World, VIA, Worcester Review
Prizes Won: 
Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2015; Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize, 2015; Massachusetts Center for the Book, Recommended Book 2008; Bordighera Poetry Prize, 2006

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky
Folly Cove by Holly Robinson
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Daniel Mark Epstein
A Poet's Glossary by Edward Hirsch
Literature & Revolution by Leon Trotsky

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Feminist, G/L/B/T, Italian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Hospital patients, Seniors
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Born in: 
Bridgeport, CT
Raised in: 
Bridgeport, CT
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Last updated: Dec 19, 2018