Emily Spencer’s poetry is published or upcoming in Kenyon Review, Pleiades, The Florida Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. Spencer earned an MFA in poetry from Boston University. Spencer is the recipient of a Kenyon Review Peter Taylor Teaching Fellowship and Boston University Global Writing Fellowship.

Her book manuscript was a finalist for the 2020 Walt McDonald First Book Contest, Texas Tech University Press. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Black Poetry Review and works at the Iowa Youth Writing Project.