Poet, Emily Ransdell

You have taken much for granted,

Heart says from its dark nest.

Yes, I answer,

yes   yes   yes

Readings, Interviews, and Workshops

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

2023 Events

  • Fishplate Poetry Reading, AWP ’23
    March 9 / Seattle WA
  • Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic
    Sunday / May 14 / S Portland, OR
  • Head for the Hills Poetry Series
    Tuesday / June 13 online
  • Book Launch Reading, Hoffman Center for the Arts
    June 18 / Manzanita, OR
  • Book Release Reading, Hoffman Center for the Arts
    Monday, July 11 /  Manzanita, OR
  • Local Author Chat, Camas Public Library
    Thursday, August 24 / Camas, WA
  • Poetry at the Library with Emily Ransdell
    October 6 / Manzanita, OR
  • The Elegy and The Ode — a poetry workshop with Emily Ransdell
    October 11 – Dec 19, online

2022 Events

  • When is a Poem Done – a 4-week revision intensive workshop
    November 1 – November 22, online
  • Summer Kickstart – a no-stress prompt class designed to keep poets writing all summer long
    June 2 – August 25, online
  • Featured reader: Hoffman Center for the Arts Donors Celebration
    August 24, Manzanita OR
  • Reader: Manzanita Poetry Walk
    July 9, downtown Manzanita OR
  • To Begin Again —tools and techniques to help poets at all experience levels generate fresh new work
    February 4 – April 1 – 4/1, online
  • Featured poet for January and June: The Hoffman Center Wonder Garden
    Manzanita, OR

2021 Events

  • Reader: An Evening with Jericho Brown
    November 5, Liberty Theater, Astoria, OR
  • Deeper into Discovery — taking risks and moving our work into new directions
    October 1 – December 3, online
  • Poetry as Discovery II — writing poems that surprise both the reader and the writer
    March 1 – April 29, online
  • Reader: Writing the Pandemic, Cannon Beach Writers Read
    February 20, online
  • Poetry as Discovery — writing poems that surprise both the reader and the writer
    January 8 – February 5, online

2020 Events

  • Intro to Poetry — a beginning workshop for poets
    April 3, – May 1, online
  • Reader: Cannon Beach Writers Read. Cannon Beach Public Library
    February 10, Cannon Beach, OR

2019 Events

  • Reader: Timberline Review Launch Reading, Willamette Writers’ Conference
    August 2, Portland, OR
  • Featured reader: Tar River Poetry Reading, AWP ’19
    Portland OR

2018 Events

  • Brunswick Artist Studio 40th Anniversary Reading
    July 13 / Missoula MT

2017 Events

  • The Rattle Reading Series
    March 12 / La Cañada-Flintridge, CA

2016 Events

  • Reader: Ekphrastasy 2: Poets Respond to Art
    September 10, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
  • Reader: Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place launch reading
    February 14, Broadway Books, Portland,OR

2015 Events

  • Reader: VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions launch reading
    May 14, The Waypost, Portland, OR
Emily is available for readings and interviews. Contact her to learn more.


“In poem after poem of this remarkable debut, Ransdell teaches herself (and in turn, us) how to prepare for inevitable absences — how to forgive and grieve the loss of parents, of friends, of our innocent hopes that tragedy and illness will somehow skip over us and never strike those we hold most dear.”

Kind Words

“Emily’s bright mind and spirit shine. Her passion for the craft of writing and compassion for our world runs deep. She is a poet-ally in my life, and in the lives of others.”

—Suzanne Sigafoos, author of This Swarm of Light

“Emily Ransdell’s teaching style reflects empathy and compassion.”

—Mark Scott Smith, author of Enemy in the Mirror

“Emily’s wide range of experience has provided our classes with the tools, inspiration, and — for me — courage to put our own stories on paper.”

—Lori Dillon, Manzanita artist and writer

“Emily’s commitment to discovery in each and every poem inspires and challenges me to keep going and dig deeper. Her encouragement has been just what I need.”

—Eileen Pettycrew, Portland

“Some of the poems in my own book were generated from Emily’s classes, and honed by her comments and spot-on critique.”

— Connie Soper, author of A Story Interrupted

“Emily conducts wonderful workshops. She provides insightful personal comments and critique during group discussion and private email. Perhaps most importantly, she intentionally builds a sense of community among the participating writers.”

David A. Goodrum, author of the forthcoming poetry chapbook “Vitals and Other Signs of Life” (Finishing Line Press)

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