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Cai Emmons

Cai Emmons is the author of five books of fiction: the novels His Mother’s Son (Harcourt), The Stylist (HarperCollins), Weather Woman (Red Hen Press), and the forthcoming Sinking Islands (Red Hen Press), as well Vanishing, a collection of short stories which won the Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest. His Mother’s Son won the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel; Weather Woman was awarded a Nautilus Book Award and was shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. Cai’s short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative, Arts and Culture, LitHub, Ms. Magazine, and Electric Literature, among others.

Emmons holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and two MFAs, one in film from New York University, one in fiction from the University of Oregon. She has taught at various colleges and universities, including the University of Southern California and the University of Oregon where she taught fiction and screenwriting from 2002-2018. She is now a full-time writer and lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Visit her website:, Twitter @caiemmons, Facebook @CaiEmmonsBooks, and Instagram @caiemmons.