Emily Blair Stribling is a poet, essayist and an Episcopal priest. She was born in Washington, DC and grew up on a farm in Virginia. She attended Sarah Lawrence College, and after graduating, spent two years in Brazil as a photojournalist. She then returned to New York City where she became a writer on staff at Push Pin Press, an editor for The New York Quarterly and a teacher in the Writer in the Schools Program. She later joined the TV Food Network as a scriptwriter.
Having been raised on a farm, she says the natural world has always been a source of both inspiration and wonder. Whether through her poetry, essays, articles or the workshops she leads, Stribling is constantly exploring the spiritual connection between the natural world and the human condition.
Her book, Anatomy Illustrated (Simon & Schuster), a series of short essays on the close relationship between art and science, won An American Book Award. Her poetry won New York’s Pen and Brush Award.
Later in her life, Emily Blair found herself called to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. She attended New York’s General Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity. Never one to limit herself to the straight and narrow, Stribling’s journey has taken her out of the church and into the world. She says “that means everyone is welcome in my life, Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Atheists, Agnostics, the homeless, goats, spiders, bears, salamanders, dogs, birds, chickens, donkeys, even the deer who eat my tulips, although there are days when the deer push that welcome.” She continues to write, speak and lead retreats about the spiritual link between creativity and the sacred, wherever it is to be found.
Emily Blair’s spiritual practice is keeping silence. She begins her days by meditating for thirty minutes. She also leads a weekly meditation group. “We are ten individuals”, she says, “ who have a reverence for all life and a desire to live into the mystery of Love wherever we find it, be it the sea or the mountains, a museum or the city streets. They are my church.”
She has children and grandchildren she adores, a vegetable garden she is dedicated to, and a view of Blue Hill Bay that stirs her soul. She keeps a journal of gratitude and walks or runs 3 miles as many days of the week as the weather permits. She loves colored glass and lilacs, peaches and Dolce de Leche, something she first tasted many years ago in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
She has recently completed, Lightfall, A Memoir of Forgiveness.