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Emily Nemens is a writer, illustrator, editor, and educator. Her debut novel, The Cactus League, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February 2020 and released in paperback by Picador in 2021.
From 2018 to 2021, Emily served as the editor of The Paris Review, the nation’s preeminent literary quarterly. During her tenure, the magazine won the 2020 American Society of Magazine Editors’ Award for Fiction, published two anthologies, and produced the second season of its acclaimed podcast. Previously, she coedited The Southern Review, a storied literary journal published at Louisiana State University. Stories published during her tenures at The Southern Review and The Paris Review were selected for the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize anthology, and PEN America Best Debut Fiction. In 2021 she joined the staff of Stranger’s Guide as the sports/senior editor.
Nemens grew up in Seattle and received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where she studied art history and studio art. She completed an MFA degree in fiction at Louisiana State University. As an illustrator, she’s collaborated with Harvey Pekar, published her work in The New Yorker, and her watercolor portraits of every woman in congress were featured across the web and on national TV. Her short stories have appeared in Blackbird (Tarumoto Prize winner), Esquire, n+1, The Iowa Review, Hobart, and The Gettysburg Review. She lives in New Jersey and remains a Mariners fan.
For a complete list of reviews of The Cactus League, visit Book>Praise.
Emily in the news:
The Atlantic, “Nine Books Every Sports Lover Should Read”
New York Times, “Emily Nemens Departs as Paris Review Editor”
New York Times, “Without Places to Gather, Debut Novelists Reimagine Book Promotion”
Arizona Republic, “Author of The Cactus League reflects on the suspension of The Cactus League”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Goldschmidt finds connections through books”
Inside Hook, “The Cactus League Is the Perfect Baseball Novel for 2020″
Idaho Statesman, “Missing Baseball? Read The Cactus League”
Seattle Times with Moira Macdonald
Electric Literatures with Erin Bartnett
Farther Off the Wall with Tom Hoffarth
Southwest Review with Robert Rea
Kirkus Review with Mark Athitakis
NPR with Scott Simon (radio)
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl (video)
Open Book with Scott Simon (video)
Belletrist Virtual Book Tour (video)
Pandemic Baseball Book Club with Anika Orrock (video)
On the Margins with E. Ethelbert Miller (podcast)
Chatter on Books (podcast)
Effectively Wild (podcast)
First Draft with Mitzi Ripkin (podcast)
Infinite Inning (podcast)
Otherppl with Brad Listi (podcast)
So Many Damn Books (podcast)
Lookout Landing (podcast)
Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books (podcast)
The Amy Beecher Show (podcast)
For more recorded conversations, visit Past Events.