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Emma Copley Eisenberg

Biography

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer of fiction and nonfiction interested in queerness, violence, transformation, crime, having a body, and being alive. Her fiction, essays, and reportage have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Paris Review online, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Guernica, AGNI, The Los Angeles Review of Books, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, The New Republic, Pacific Standard, Slate, VICE, 100 Days in Appalachia, and others. She is the recipient of fellowships or awards from the Tin House Summer Workshop, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Millay Colony for the Arts, & Lambda Literary and her short fiction has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and been distinguished three times over by the Best American Short Stories series. Her first book of nonfiction, The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, will be published by Hachette Books on 1/21/2020. She is a fiction editor for AGNI and lives in Philadelphia, where she directs Blue Stoop, a hub for the literary arts.

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Books by Emma Copley Eisenberg

by Emma Copley Eisenberg - Nonfiction, True Crime
In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived; they traveled with a third woman however, who lived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas --- turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries.