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 published in Spring 2022 by Atria Books.

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

Praise For Emme’s work

On The Boy with a Bird in His Chest (completed novel manuscript)

“As the title states, there is a boy with a bird in his chest–a bird that appears in the wake of what seems like a medical emergency. Its appearance is framed within the terror of new motherhood, precisely the only time a bird in a son’s chest might readily be accepted in lieu of death. What an apt choice by Lund, a decision executed with gentle and lyrical turns of phrase. The imagination and tenderness of this piece–its understanding of mothers and sons–struck me and stayed with me as I read through stack after stack of stories.”

– Christine H. Lee

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