Abby Travis



B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College
M.F.A. Emerson College

Abby Travis writes nonfiction with interests in animal behavior and training, ethics, communication, and philosophy. Her essays and reviews have been published by Crab Orchard Review as a finalist for the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Powell's Books Review-a-Day, the Ploughshares blog, The Rectangle, and her work has been recognized by the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.

She is at work on a book of combined memoir and literary journalism about the subculture of training horses for competition and the ethical and philosophical implications of expectations, ambition, and miscommunication.

Abby teaches composition and research writing in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, and directs the Annual First-Year Writing Program Showcase of Student Work. She also serves Emerson as Arts Operations Assistant for the School of the Arts and teaches creative writing through emersonWRITES and emersonPATHWAYS, a free creative writing and college-access program for Boston Public High School students.

Prior to her role in the School of the Arts, she spent four years as Editorial Assistant for Ploughshares, where she remains as senior reader. She continues to assist in curating the Breakwater Reading Series, Boston's inter-MFA program showcase. Other experience includes working with Grub Street, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and the Loft Literary Center.


  • 2014
  •  Spirit of Emerson Award

Abby Travis

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