Emma Komlos-Hrobsky is a writer, illustrator, editor, and multimedia fabulist. Her fiction, essays, and comics appear in Tin House, Guernica, Hunger Mountain, Conjunctions, Book Forum, and The Story Collider. A creative polymath, Emma often creates work that spans media and genre and uses the ideas of science as a means of telling human stories. With the support of a fellowship from the Elizabeth George Foundation, she is at work on a novel about quantum physics, family, and the Alps.
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Emma earned her MFA in Fiction Writing at the New School. For nine years, she served as an editor at Tin House, most recently as a senior editor for its magazine and associate editor for its books division. She also founded and directed the Tin House Craft Intensives, a pioneering new brand of writing classes offered in the magazine’s offices. Emma has over a decade of experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels; she loved introducing art students to new synonyms for “blue” in her nine years as an ESL instructor at The New School and serving as advisor to 12th Street, the award-winning undergraduate magazine of the Riggio Honors Program. She has also taught for Writers @ Work and The Masters Review.
Other undertakings include award-winning original scholarship on Plath’s conception of poetic making, religion, and subjectivity; oil painting; printmaking; and the writing, illustrating, and Activities Director-ing of Camp Tons-A-Yaks, the world’s greatest summer-camp-by-mail. With director Anna Lindemann, she is the co-writer of The Colony, a multimedia performance piece in which the eusocial behavior of a colony of army ants provides the language through which two estranged sisters reunite. She hails from Boulder, Colorado, and lives, alas, in New York City.