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Emma Copley Eisenberg

Biography

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer whose work has appeared in Granta, VQR, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Paris Review online, The New Republic, Salon, Slate and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Lambda Literary, and the New Economy Coalition. Her reporting has been recognized by GLAAD, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the Deadline Club and Longreads’ Best Crime Reporting 2017. Eisenberg lives in Philadelphia, where she co-directs Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts.

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Books by Emma Copley Eisenberg

by Emma Copley Eisenberg - Nonfiction, True Crime

On June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero 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 who lived. Thriteen years later, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic, Joseph Paul Franklin, claimed responsibility. Emma Copley Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America --- its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.