Sometimes you have to tell a story

your entire life to get it right.

Poet, Emily Ransdell

Sometimes you have to tell a story

your entire life to get it right.

Poet Emily Ransdell writes poems of celebration and of grief, the extraordinary moments of ordinary life viewed through the twin lenses of loss and long love.

One Finch Singing by Emily Ransdell, poet and author

Emily Ransdell Upcoming Poetry and Art Workshop

Poetry and Art in Italy!

Part workshop, part retreat, and all about self-expression through poetry and art. We’ll read and write poems, try art-journaling techniques, writing prompts, and more. Each day will focus on hands-on opportunities to create.

We’ll stay in a centuries-old former monastery, now the art school La Romita, a haven for writers and artists for over 50 years. Most mornings, we’ll venture out to visit nearby Umbrian hilltowns and scenic landmarks. Afternoons, we’ll retreat to LA Romita’s coolness and solitude, where, after a legendary meal prepared by our hosts, we’ll write and/or try our hand at art-journaling techniques. There will be plenty of opportunity for both assistance and quiet work time, plus time to simply rest and soak in the beauty of the Umbrian countryside. Artist Melissa Grace Young and poet Emily Ransdell create a welcoming and judgment-free environment for participants at all skill levels. The only prerequisite is curiosity and an openness to experimentation!

Dates: August 16, 2024 – August 26, 2024

One Finch Singing by Emily Ransdell, poet and author

Emily Ransdell, poet and author

An exquisite debut volume of poems.”

—Andrea Hollander, author of Blue Mistaken for Sky

In her debut collection, Emily Ransdell explores loss and long love against a backdrop of the collective heartaches of our time. Emily’s home is the Pacific Northwest — its beauty and fragility both loom large, even in poems that confront illness and the deaths of loved ones, pandemic isolation. One Finch Singing reminds us that deep sorrow is born from deep love through poems that look back in grief and forward in hope. Learn more…

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Emily Ransdell, Poet

Meet the Poet

Emily Ransdell’s poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, Tar River Poetry, Terrain, River Styx, CALYX, American Life in Poetry, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize and the New Millennium Writing Award, and was runner-up for the Prime Number Poetry Prize from Press 53 as well as the New Letters Poetry Prize. She divides her time between Camas, Washington and Manzanita, Oregon, where she has taught poetry classes at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Learn more…

Emily is available for readings and interviews. Contact her to learn more.

Featured Events

Wednesday, Dec. 3 / 6:15pm
Featured Reader,
Camas Public Library
open mic to follow

625 N.E. Fourth Ave.
Camas, WA 98607

May 14, 2024 / 7pm
An evening of poetry
with Emily Ransdell,
Dion O’Reilly and
Francesca Bell

Annie Bloom’s Books
7834 Capitol Hwy,
Portland, OR 97219, USA

June 1, 2024 / 6:15pm
First Saturday Poetry Reading by Emily Ransdell
open mic to follow

609 Market St.
Kirkland, Wa 98033

August 16, 2024 – August 25, 2024
Self Expression at the Crossroads of Poetry and Art – with Melissa Grace Young and Emily Ransdell

A ten-day Italian retreat designed to encourage freedom and spontaneity in both writing and artistic expression. Join us for this incredible experience.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 / 5:30pm

Pacific MFA Alumni Authors Reading

Beach Books
616 Broadway
Seaside OR 97138

June 1, 2024 / 4:25pm

First Saturday
Writing Workshop
with Emily Ransdell

609 Market St.
Kirkland, Wa 98033