Emily Bertholf's fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as Litsnack, Postcard Shorts, 6S, Lyrical Iowa and vox poetica. She is a member of Wisconsin Writers Association, Redbird-Redoak and Fictionaut. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband, three children, and an old pug. She draws inspiration from the waves of Lake Michigan and is rumored to sometimes tango alone in her living room.
My father is a great artist and carpenter. Growing up watching him work and admiring his creativity probably sparked the hunger to create in myself. I also grew up around family stories shared in living rooms and neighborhood stories overheard on front stoops along the ever-changing and awe-inspiring backdrop of Lake Michigan. Observing the world and trying to make sense of it in a notebook has always been natural to me. In college, I studied journalism and education, but always made my way back to poetry and storytelling. I think it's a craft as crucial and worthy as my father's carpentry. He built houses for our bodies, I try to build houses for our souls.
There are so many.... Maya Angelou was a great early inspiration. The Grimm brothers, Edgar Alan Poe, Harper Lee, Charles Dickson, Shakespeare, Bukowsi, John Cheever, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Bly, Ursula LaGuin, Anne Sexton, Diane di Prima, I could go on. More contemporary authors and poets I admire are Susan Firer, Dora Malech, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Fictionaut's own Robert Vaughan.
thanks for reading my poem, christmas, emily---i appreciate you taking time to read and comment. ciao---gary
Thanks for the kind comment, Emily. Blobfish forever.
Thank you so much for your mention of my poem "untitled" on Editor's Eye, it is very much appreciated! Looking forward to reading more of your work. :)
Thanks too for your comment on May, Twelve!!
Emily, thank you so much for your comment on April, Thirteen! I deeply appreciate it. I look forward to reading your work.
I'm just seeing your comment on "Planet Gated Minds", Emily. Thank you so much for the compliment and for reading. :)
Emily, thanks for commenting on Smoky Corners.
Thank you for your comment on "What the Doormat Said". Always fun to twist clichés!
Thank you for your kind words on "Practice" Emily. I'm not as confident a prose writer as I am with poetry, so your feedback means a lot.
Thank you for your kind words on "Violence, Interrupted" Emily.
Thanks so much for your kind words, it's very much appreciated.
Hello Emily! Thanks so much for seeking out my work. Very much appreciate the read and lovely comments on those short things.
Hey Emily, thank you for the very generous comment on "The Understanding." Really appreciate the close read and kind words!
Thanks, Emily, for your kind words about Breaking in Print.
Kind thanks for the generous response to "Saturday Housekeeping".
Emily, thanks for the kind words and advice on third-person account. I love to write in both first and third-person fashion. Your comments were encouraging.
Thank you for your kind words on "Beware the Armed Man" Emily. Finishing it was definitely an ah ha moment.
Thank you for reading and commenting on 'Size Times New Roman.' I, too, might freak out if someone ripped apart my books. Well, there are a couple I might give someone permission to rip apart.
Thanks, Emily, for your kind and perceptive words about my Neil Young poem.
thanks a million for your lovely & generous comment on my train poem!
Hi, Emily. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Two.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Great comment on What We Talk About. Thanks.
emily - thank you so much for your kind words about my Big Bird piece. Warmly, Meg
Emily - thanks so much for your warm comment on my story "Salty"!
Typo-on-me, my bad Emily. *Gloria*
Thank you for your comments on "The Red Slit". Yes, it creeped me out and jarred me as well!
Emily, thanks so much for your note. Guess what I grew up outside of Milwaukee in Kenosha!!!
Emily! Thank you so much for reading and relating to my "Pool Toys." Truly, we've all met that girl at some point, haven't we? Nice to meet you. Best, HM
Hi Emily! Thanks for your awesome comment on "Coltrane at The Guggenheim."
Hi, Emily! Thanks for the great comment on "A Thousand Books."
Thanks for faving "Eleutheria", Emily! I'm very pleased you liked it.
Hi, Emily. Thanks for reading 'Life After Death.' I greatly appreciate your comments.
Thanks, Emily, for your thoughtful and generous comments about 'Waiting.'
Emily, thank you for reading and commenting on "The Story of F." It means a lot to me.
Hi Emily, just wanted to give you a quick note of thanks for reading over The Pretenders - I really appreciate you taking the time. fos.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "We Must be Carefully Taut." I really appreciate both, Emily.
Emily, thanks so much for your vote and for the fave for "Sisters."
Hi Emily, thanks for reading Cactus. I'm glad you liked it, and thanks also commenting. fos.
Emily, glad you liked my story "Old Age." Thanks for your comments.
It was so good to be greeted by a familiar face. And thanks for reading and commenting on Snapshot. Looking forward to resuming Friday mornings!
Thank you for your comment on "All the gaping mouths without a voice." It means a great deal. Peace, Michael
Thanks for faving my odd tree poem, Emily. I really appreciate your comments and the read!
Thank you Emily for the beautiful comments on my story "afternoon" and wishing you welcome at Fictionaut~
Emily, thank you for your comments on "Shoot"!
Welcome to Fictionaut, Emily, and thanks for commenting on and faving "The Lost Boys"!
Emily, thanks for your comments on Mothering in Real Time. I feel fortunate to have children who like to talk--and even argue in a constructive way!
Emily- thanks for reading. The line about the small cooler is probably my favorite sentence I've ever written. I'm stoked you picked that one out to comment on. cheers.
Hi Emily, and welcome. Thanks for taking time to read 'Bukowski', and for your generous and encouraging comments. Much appreciated!
thanks so much for reading and commenting on gaspar--
and welcome to FN--
Welcome, Emily! So happy you have joined us at Fictionaut! Enjoy the journey!