About Me

Emily Walling headshot

My creative work aims to explore the physical, emotional, and psychological connections people have with the environment. I’ve had poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography published in a range of journals from the United States, Canada, France, and the Caribbean. I’m honored to have poems in both the Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands anthology from Shabda Press and the Erase the Patriarchy anthology from University of Hell Press. Magical realism story “Hollowed Onions” was nominated for the Write Well Award in 2016 (Silver Pen Writers), with the story available in the inaugural issue of The Gateway Review.

I’ve served as a prose editor (currently associate prose editor) for Slippery Elm Literary Journal since 2017. I completed an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing in 2019. Currently, I live in surreal Queensland, Australia, but will always be an Ohioan caught using the Midwestern Ope in conversation.

And now the fun quirks:
– I love birds. A lot.
– I’m a long-time Studio Ghibli fan (Princess Mononoke is my favorite).
– ASMR videos are my go-to for relaxation and background noise while writing (would love to start an ASMR YouTube Channel one day).
– I’m a horrible hiker but love the outdoors (and always scream at the bugs/spiders/demons).
Horizon Zero Dawn is my dream open-world video game. I struggle trying new games because I replay this one so much!
– I volunteer at a seabird rescue organization. It’s one of the highlights of my week.