Emma Van Dyke

Emma Van Dyke

Artist Statement

Emma Van Dyke is a queer disabled poet from Bainbridge Island. WA. Her work explores the mineral realm. The underground world is often treated as a static, unchanging element: the ultimate object, with no inherent sense or intelligence. In reality, the mineral world is a dynamic realm of overwhelming complexity, untethered to human conceptions of time.  Minerals are also seen as static objects of value by collectors, and her work explores this as a reflection of the ways in which society views women, the queer community, and disabled people. Her poetry expands to interact with the world of nature as well, seeking out plant and animal life at its end, and exploring how the underground world thrives on the trade of decay and decomposition. Emma is the current poetry editor for Arkansas International.