Poetry. Winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award in Poetry. EAST WALNUT HILLS is the debut collection of poems by Emily Spencer. Meditations on biodiverse community and dwelling: past, present, and future.
"Those who run straight away for love / return home drawing circular ovals."
"EAST WALNUT HILLS, the breathtaking debut from Emily Spencer, creates a self through seeing. For Spencer, to dwell is to understand the impact of memory, capitalism, education, and ecology on one's location. Cincinnati is nowhere and everywhere—humming with grief and life—in these exquisite poems."—Claudia Rankine
"EAST WALNUT HILLS is a brilliant achievement."—Natalie Shapero
"In EAST WALNUT HILLS, the divine and the everyday are indistinguishable from one another. Emily Spencer leads us through these poems as if through the wings of a living museum, imploring us to take our time and look—really look. But Spencer is not our tour guide, she is the artist."—Paige Lewis
"Spencer's work, as a community-based global citizen, presents an expansive meditation on Black life and perception through residue, through the ghosts of where we, in the particular, have been and are."—Tracie Morris
Emily Spencer is the author of EAST WALNUT HILLS (Zone 3 Press, 2021), winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award in Poetry. Her poems appear in the Kenyon Review, POETRY, Pleiades, and elsewhere. Spencer earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio.Author City: CINCINNATI, OH USA