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Lyn Emanuel. Courtesy Blackbird.

Lynn Collins Emanuel (born March 14, 1949) is an American poet.


Emanuel was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, and has lived, worked, and traveled in North Africa, Europe, and the Near East. She received a B.A. from Bennington College in 1972, and an M.A. from City College of New York in 1975, and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa in 1983.[1]

Some of her poetry collections include Then, Suddenly— and Noose and Hook (University of Pittsburgh Press). Her poems have been published in literary magazines and journals including Parnassus,[2] The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Hudson Review, Slate[3] and Ploughshares,[4] and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry anthologies in 1994, l995, l998, 1999, and 2000,[5] and the Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Emanuel is Director of the Writing Program, and Director of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, and a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She has also taught at the Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.[6] She is married to the paleontologist, Jeffrey H. Schwartz, and they reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets.[6] She also won the 1992 National Poetry Series Open Competition for The Dig,[7][8] and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize.



  • Oblique Light. Pittsburgh: Slow Loris Press, 1979. 
  • Hotel Fiesta: Poems. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1984. 
  • The Technology of Love: Fourteen poems. Omaha, NE: Abbatoir Editions, 1988. 
  • The Dig: Poems. Urbana, IL:: University of Illinois Press, 1992.
    • The Dig and Hotel Fiesta. Urbana, IL:: University of Illinois Press, 1995. 
  • Then, Suddenly. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press , 1999. 
  • Self Portrait with Words. New York: Center for Book Arts, 2002. 
  • Noose and Hook, Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010. 


  • Pushcart Prize Anthology (with David St. John). 1994-95.[6]

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