About Me

Havana, 2018

Hi! I’m Emily. I’m a journalist and essayist, and my work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Guernica, Harper’s Magazine, Ms., National Geographic, The New York Times, NPR, and The Washington Post Magazine. I am currently working on a book of reported non-fiction about the relationship between American Christianity and systems of power and oppression. My agent for that book is Justin Brouckaert at Aevitas Creative Management. I am also at work on a book of personal essays that interrogate the nature and limits of truth, for which I am seeking representation.

My writing has received support from institutions including the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, the Sewanee Writers’ Workshop, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford.

Before becoming a journalist, I taught elementary school in Boston and Guatemala’s Western Highlands. Before that, I earned a BA in Anthropology, with a “secondary field” in English, from Harvard College.

I am originally from Northern California and currently live in Brooklyn with my operatic cat, Julius.

Feel free to contact me at emilyrkap [at] gmail.com. To send highly sensitive information, e-mail me at my encrypted address: emilykaplan [at] protonmail.com.


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