Emily Leithauser was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Western Massachusetts. She earned her MFA in poetry at Boston University and her PhD in English at Emory University, where she is a Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program. Her work has appeared in New Ohio Review, Blackbird, Literary Imagination, and Southwest Review, among other journals. She is the recipient of the 2015 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans prize for poetry. She lives in Atlanta with her fiancé, Simon, and their two dogs.
The Borrowed World is the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Award.