Emily Nemens


Emily Nemens’s debut novel, The Cactus League (FSG 2020) was called “a wonderful, necessary read to remind you how infinite and wild other people can be” (The Brooklyn Rail). It was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and named one of the best books of the year by NPR. Her fiction has also appeared in Gettysburg Review, n+1, Iowa Review, and Blackbird. From 2018 to 2021, Emily served as the editor of The Paris Review. During her tenure, the magazine saw record-high circulation, published two anthologies, produced the second season of its acclaimed podcast, and won the 2020 American Society of Magazine Editors’ Award for Fiction. Previously, she co-edited The Southern Review, published at Louisiana State University, where she also received her MFA. In 2021 she joined the staff of Stranger’s Guide as the sports/senior editor. She teaches fiction writing at Drew University and 92Y and is working on her second novel.