Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (Bloomsbury USA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press), which was a New York Times Bestseller, an Editor's Pick, and a finalist for the PEN Center Literary Award in Nonfiction. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction and Poetry. While at Harvard, she worked with the GLBT Speaker's Foundation (SpeakOut), an organization that professionally trained speakers to tell their coming out stories in high schools, churches, and other public forums in an effort to increase awareness and understanding between the GLBT and straight communities. She is also an active advocate for parents of terminally ill children through the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, where she helps facilitate conversations between doctors and parents/caregivers about alternative approaches to pediatric palliative care.
Black has received awards and recognition for her work from The Atlantic Monthly; StoryQuarterly; the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation; the Rona Jaffe Foundation (Emerging Writer Award); the Jentel Arts Foundation; the Corporation of Yaddo; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she was a Winter Writing Fellow; Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain; and Bucknell University, where she was the Philip Roth Fiction Writer-in-Residence. Her blog, a live medical narrative, http:// ourlittleseal.wordpress.com, was named by TIME as one of the top 25 blogs of 2012, and that same year the Huffington Post described her work as “Required Reading for Women.” Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in VOGUE, LENNY LETTER, the New York Times, Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, the Sun, TIME, Brain.Child, the Rumpus, Role/Reboot, O the Oprah Magazine, the Nervous Breakdown, The Establishment, Bodega, Good Housekeeping, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications and anthologies, including The Modern Loss Anthology (Harper/Wave) and O' s Little Guide to Starting Over (Flatiron Books). Since 2012, she has been a literary correspondent for the Boston Globe. She also writes home and design, fashion, fitness, and lifestyle features for various publications, including Palm Springs Life, Fitness, and Redbook . Her essays about medical ethics, genetics, disability issues, medical narratives, 19th century philosophy (with an emphasis on Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling), and the ethics of end-of-life care have appeared in many academic journals and anthologies.