Although she was born Indiana and raised in Ohio, Emily Ransdell is a poet of the Pacific Northwest. For more than 30 years, Emily and her husband have divided their time between Camas, Washington and the North Oregon Coast.
As evidenced in many poems, Emily holds these places dear— the scent of cedar and fir, the frequent drizzle of grey days. On the coast, she is active in the creative life of Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts, where she founded the biannual Word & Image project, a juried collaboration between writers and artists. She teaches poetry workshops for poets at all levels there as well.
The Hoffman Center is also where Emily first experienced clay at a beginners’ wheel-throwing pottery class. Instantly hooked, she continued practicing at Norris Arts in Camas. Many wonky vessels later, she can now make a mug you can actually drink from and a vase you can fill with daffodils.
Her debut poetry collection, One Finch Singing, is available Spring 2023.