Emily Ferrara


Lowell, MA 01852

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 & Prizes

The Poets Cookbook: Recipes from Tuscany (Bordighera Press, 2009)
Wild in Our Breasts for Centuries: Women and the Returning Realities of War (Fulcrum, 2008)
Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains (Salt Marsh Pottery Press, 2005)
Charlton Poets and Friends II (Charlton Poetry Group, 1992)
Charlton Poets and Friends (Charlton Poetry Group, 1990)
The Alchemy of Grief (Bordighera Press, 2007)
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)
Ballard Street Poetry Journal
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Damfino Journal
Full Circle
Lifeboat: A Journal of Memoir
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Lynx Eye
Mediterranean Poetry
Muddy River Poetry Review
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UU World
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: 
George Seferis Collected Poems by George Seferis, Translations by Keeley and Sherrard, And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again - Writers from Around the World on the COVID-19 Pandemic by Ilan Stavans, Editor, Wintering by Katherine May, A Poet's Glossary by Edward Hirsch, Literature & Revolution by Leon Trotsky

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Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Illness/Wellness, LGBTQ, Seniors
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Bridgeport, CT
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Last update: Jan 09, 2021