Emily Rapp grew up in Wyoming and Colorado
before attending St. Olaf College for her undergraduate degree
and Harvard University, where she earned a graduate Divinity
degree. Born with a congenital defect, she lost her left foot
to amputation at age four and has worn a prosthetic limb since
then. Coming of age with that physical disability is the subject
of her unflinching and emotionally honest memoir, Poster Child,
published by Bloomsbury in 2006.
Emily entered the MFA program an accomplished fiction writer
who had already received a distinguished Fulbright fellowship.
In a course on memoir with professor Laura Furman, she wrote
an essay which would become the seedling of Poster Child,
and it won the 2003 Atlantic Monthly student writing contest
in nonfiction. The next year, she secured a publisher's interest
in the memoir.
Since graduation in 2005, Emily has held residencies at the
Jentel Arts Foundation in Wyoming, the Corporation of Yaddo,
and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She was the
Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University and
awarded a Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Women
Writers. She now lives in L.A., where she is on the core faculty
of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University
of Southern California. She also serves on the faculty of
UCLA's Extension program and the Gotham Writers' Workshop.