About

I am an award-winning author with over 15 years of writing and editing experience, including four years as Communications Manager for the Center for Rhizosphere Biology and five years as the Managing Editor of technical publications at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. As a grant writer for scientists at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Denver, I have secured over five million dollars in grants from NSF, NIH, the Department of Defense, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the Guggenheim Foundation, and elsewhere. I bring that experience to my writing, my editing, and my teaching.

My writing has won honors in Nimrod‘s Katherine Anne Porter Literary Awards, the North American Review‘s Kurt Vonnegut Prize, and the Atlantic Monthly‘s Student Writing Awards and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize; my journalism has appeared in High Country News, Montana Outdoors, Birdwatcher’s Digest, and elsewhere.

My writing process, while intuitive at its heart, draws on my methodical, color-coded analytical side, honed by years of problem sets and genetic tests and seasoned by five summers in the rain and wind looking for hawks, bats, owls, and frogs. I edit for detail with an eye on the big picture, and my goal in both writing and editing is to help this piece of writing be the strongest it can be.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Blake

    Ms. Wortman-Wunder,

    I just finished “Burning” in Nimrod 37. I get around to all my reading slowly 😀.

    Anyhow, wanted to thank you for this piece. Many powerful themes here for me. I’m a teacher, coach, father, and writer. While I have the passion to make a great difference in others for good, it is my natural instinct to retreat from people. This piece shows many things but for me it particularly reminded that such retreat can sometimes be selfish cowardice that has great cost, not only for others, but also for me.

    Thanks again and many blessings,
    Blake

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    • wortmanwunder

      Blake,

      Thank you. You’ve articulated something that I felt but couldn’t quite articulate about this story (does that happen to you, too? I can feel what a piece is about but I can’t say it. It leads to many wrong turns and a very long composition process). An interesting note on the story’s origin point: it emerged, as stories often do, from a real-life incident that wormed its way into my consciousness because it bothered me so much. I admired the couple involved and could never understand what they did. I see now that their failure to step up and do what needed to be done was part of the same fun-loving, merry, but emotionally distant pattern that made me admire them in the first place (and of course Nancy, the narrator, has much more in common with me than with her real life inspiration).

      Again, thank you,and thanks for taking the time to write. I appreciate knowing that people out there in the world actually read my stories. 🙂

      Emily

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