Emma Aylor grew up in Bedford County, Virginia, next to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her poems have appeared in New England Review, AGNI, Colorado Review, Poetry Daily, the Yale Review Online, North American Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere; scholarly work has been published in Edith Wharton Review. The recipient of Shenandoah’s 2020 Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets and a semifinalist for 92Y’s 2022 Discovery Poetry Contest, she holds a BA in English with highest honors from the College of William & Mary and an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington–Seattle. Aylor lives in Lubbock, Texas, where she is a PhD student and teacher of creative writing and literature at Texas Tech University. She is currently at work on her second poetry manuscript, which is focused on art, place, ekphrasis, and the responsibilities of attention.

photo: Will Durham

Photo of Emma Aylor in profile, reflected in a mirror.