Em Strang

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Em Strang teaches Creative Writing, Creative Reading and COPI (Community of Philosophical Inquiry) at Dumfries prison and works as Poetry Editor for the Dark Mountain Project. She completed a PhD in Creative Writing (ecological poetry) at the University of Glasgow in 2013, and was a recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award the following year. Her work has been published widely in anthologies and journals, commended in the 2013 Wigtown and McLellan poetry competitions, shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Prize and selected for the Forward Anthology in 2016. Her illustrated pamphlet, Stone, was published by Atlantic Press (a collaboration with artist, Mat Osmond) in March 2016, with all proceeds going to Scottish charity, Trees for Life. Bird-Woman (Shearsman, 2016) is her first full collection. 
Em’s writing preoccupations are with 'nature', spirituality and the relationship between the human and nonhuman.  She also has an interest in the theories of creative process and practice, in particular in 'embodied practice' and how breath, movement and voice inform and engage both writer and audience.
She is an occasional essayist (publications include Dark Mountain and Journal for Prison Education and Reentry) and is currently working on a novella. Her website is here.