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Emma Lloyd

Grant Writer
Hometown: Boston, MA

Emma came to Elevate with a particular interest in educational equity and reform, and in the role nonprofits can play in the world of education. She previously served as an AmeriCorps member at 826 Boston, where she worked in the Writers’ Room at Boston International Newcomers Academy, a public high school in Dorchester for recently arrived immigrants. She has also worked for a film company in Mexico City and in outdoor education in New Mexico.

Emma is an alumna of the United World College of Costa Rica and holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University. She is a writer and a translator, and is currently working on a translation of Chilean author Pedro Lemebel’s collection of short stories and essays, De perlas y cicatrices (Of Pearls and Scars), for which she won a 2018 PEN/Heim Translation Grant. 

In her spare time, Emma enjoys making a big mess in the kitchen trying new recipes, obsessing over the New York Times Spelling Bee, and drinking coffee she didn’t make.

What is your hidden talent?

Tying a trucker's hitch (sounds more complicated than it is).

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

The em dash! It's so long and smooth—it always takes you where you want to go.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

People misusing the em dash.

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