Emily Rems is a feminist writer, editor, and podcaster living in New York’s East Village and was a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction. Best known as managing editor of the young women’s pop culture magazine BUST and as host of BUST‘s podcast Poptarts, Emily was also a music and film commentator for New York’s NPR affiliate WNYC, and was the drummer for the feminist slut-rock band Royal Pink and the horror-punk band the Grasshoppers.

Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the anthologies Cassette from my Ex and Zinester’s Guide to NYC, as well as in  Tom Tom Magazine, The Awl, Salon, Woman’s Day, and The Longridge Review. In 2014, she was a featured panelist at BinderCon, a symposium on women writers in N.Y.C., and was a speaker on The New School’s panel Music, Media, and The F Word. In 2015, she was invited to read her fiction as part of the Lamprophonic Emerging Writers’ Series in N.Y.C. In 2016 and 2017, she was a featured speaker at  CUNY Kingsborough’s annual Diversity Symposium. And in 2022, she was invited to read her form poetry as part of the Heavy Pages reading series at the Hekate Cafe in New York’s East Village.

Her short stories have been published in Lumen,  Prose ‘N Cons Mystery MagazineWriting Raw,  PoemMemoirStory, The Santa Fe Writers Project QuarterlyThe Borfski Press, RiverhawkThe SFWP Annual, and The Virginia Normal.  She is currently working on a novel and a screenplay.


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