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About Emily Hiestand

I am the Communications Director for the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. An overview of the editorial, design and strategic work of our program can be found on the School's website.

As long as I can remember I have loved both words and images. I received a Brownie camera on my eighth birthday and have been photographing ever since.  In art school I studied design, painting, and photography, and afterwards practiced as an art director for many years before returning to school to study literature and writing.  I love photgraphy in part because it accepts elements and echoes of my other media, and because the camera is a terrific traveler. 

I have written three books:  The Very Rich Hours (tales of travels to Greece, Orkney, the Everglades, and Belize); Angela The Upside Down Girl (stories about identity, community and place); and Green the Witch Hazel Wood (poems about particle physics, men, and ducks). 

My writing has been collected (in books such as Toward the Livable City; Best American Poetry, and The Road North), and appears in magazines (The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Nation, Orion, and Salon among them), and in literary journals including The Georgia Review, Southwest Review, and Agni.





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"The most succinct account of our journey

is that we launched our canoe among somnolent lily pads and took it out near a Brazilian cargo tanker." 

               — Watershed, from Angela

                the Upside Down Girl