About the Author


Emme Lund is an author living and writing in Portland, OR. She has an MFA from Mills College. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, TIME Magazine, The Rumpus, Apt Magazine, and Paper Darts, among many other venues. In 2016, Quiet Lightning Books published a limited run of her book, The Sacred Text of Rosa Who is Great, complete with art by Stella Peach, about which Andrew Sean Greer wrote, “I have been looking for this book for years! Against every modern trend: a brilliant, old-world, handmade piece of magic.” In 2019, she was awarded an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction. She is represented by Cassie Mannes Murray at Howland Literary. Her debut novel The Boy with a Bird in His Chest will be released on February 15, 2022 by Atria Books.

If you would like to contact Emme, you can email her at: Lund.Emme@gmail.com

Photography by Lydia Barclay/Little Bee Photography

Praise For Emme’s work

On The Boy with a Bird in His Chest (Atria Books February 15, 2022)

“Lund has created a fable for our age: a modern coming of age full of love, desperation, heartache and magic. An honest celebration of life and everything we need right now in a book.”

– Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less

“Emme Lund’s The Boy with a Bird in His Chest is a beautiful, tender book. I was deeply moved by this story; very caught up in the ways in which family, grief, love, queerness, and vulnerability all intersect. Lund’s sentences are sweet and stick to your ribs. I found myself falling in love with these characters—these messy, deeply realized, fully lovable, and wonderfully human people. The Boy with a Bird in His Chest is a terrific first novel and Emme Lund is a profoundly gifted writer.”

– Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author of Mostly Dead Things and With Teeth

The Boy with a Bird in His Chest is a beautiful and atmospheric allegory for what we hide in the world, executed with tense lyricism.”

– Christine Hyung-Oak Lee author of Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember

On The Sacred Text of Rosa who is Great (Quiet Lightning Books 2016)

“I have been looking for this book for years! Against every modern trend: a brilliant, old-world, handmade piece of magic.”

– Andrew Sean Greer

“If it’s true that “gods need to speak to us in the middle of the day” and so they will “push us into sleep, forcing us into naps or quick dozes at the table,” then The Sacred Text of Rosa Who Is Great might well be the moment before waking. Urgently manifesting as media & medium, [Emme] Lund & Stella Peach have offered up the greatest gift: a vivid prophecy in dream, remembered.”

– Meg Day

“I’m always fighting with someone or fighting for something. I am fighting the evictions that are happening at an alarming rate in San Francisco. I am fighting as an artist and as a member of my community. I’m not a very happy person these days. On rare occasions, I get packages in the mail. I received this tiny little book in the mail full of colorful illustrations and beautifully crafted sentences. It made me happy for a minute. I devoured its words and in doing so, I stumbled upon a little sentence that reminded me of my sadness. “To be happy is to be unaware.” Thank you [Ms.] Lund for this seemingly simple reminder and thank you for this book. It is a necessary read.”

– Truong Tran