Emily graduated from Lausanne University in Switzerland and the Writing Programme of Vermont College, USA. She earned her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her PhD is on literature and psychoanalysis. She lives in Geneva and writes poetry in English and in French. She also translates in these languages. She has read her poetry on BBC Radio Norfolk and her poems were published in the UK, USA, & in Geneva where she has been a long-standing member of www.ecrivainsgenevois.ch/ She is a psychologist, a professional geographer, and an amateur astronomer. She's also London's Poetry Society Stanza representative in Geneva and a member of www.lespoetesdelacite.ch
Emily's poem "Imago" was commended at the Cambridge Poetry Competition. "The Robin's Pulse" was published in Hunger Mountain, the literary magazine of Vermont College, USA. "The Little Blue Heron" was published in Offshoots, Geneva. French poems were published in Florilège genevois (edited by Slatkine), launched at the International Book Fair in Geneva in April 2009. In June 2009, "The Sibyl" was published in "Exchanges", the journal of the T. S. Eliot Society. "The Stags" was published in the October-November issue of the London Magazine in 2011. "The Pilgrimage", in memoriam to R.R., was published on the Princeton Alumni Weekly website in the same year. Two sonnets, "News and Daisies" and "The Fugue" are published in Orbis 160. "Ire" is published in Offshoots 12; "Well", "Awareness, a pastoral", "The Invitation" and a longer version of "Ire" are published by Poetry Salzburg Review No. 24. Nine poems are published in The Inspired Heart, a Canadian Anthology of Modern Poetry. (see below for orders) Three poems and a short fiction piece are published in the second volume of The Inspired Heart that just came out and can ordered from Amazon.
An article entitled “The Consciousness of the Writing Self in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Paul Valéry" was published in the T.S. Eliot Journal, UK, in 2010. A book on the philosophy of modern art from Plato to Derrida entitled, Modern Ekphrasis, was published by Peter Lang in March 2013. A member of the English P.E.N in London, P.E.N Suisse Romande, and The Press Club in Geneva, she founded two social newspapers in Switzerland and her newspaper articles can be read in past issues of "L'Auditoire" on the web. I gave a reading at the US Mission with the Geneva Writers in November and will be reading my published poems at a theatre in Geneva accompanied by master cellist, John De Vore. My poetry book, entitled A WOMAN BY A WELL: A SELF-PORTRAIT, is published by Melinda Cochrane International, Canada, in January 2014. Joined Québec Writers' Federation in March 2014. "The Estuary" was accepted for publication by The London Magazine, June-July 2014 issue. I am working on a new book. "The White Owl" was commended in the 2014 Stanza Competition in London. The sonnet is published on the site of The Poetry Society whose Stanza Group I represent in Geneva.
Gave readings at the Arcade for Burns Night and at the PEN Literary Evening for ExTempore launch. An essay on T.S. Eliot's objective correlative and a sonnet called "Sheathless" will be published by the Battersea Review No. 5 in Boston, USA in Autumn 2015. Modern Ekphrasis was purchased by the Victoria & Albert Museum Library in London. A joint collaboration with Dutch artist, Joost de Jonge, resulted in a published book published by the artist in Holland and called Painted Poetry & Painterly Poetics, an ekphrastic notion. An essay on T.S. Eliot's poetic personae is published in the July edition of The Journal of the T.S. Eliot Society. "Resilience" and a second edition of "A Woman By A Well" will be launched in the UK in September 2015.
I gave a reading in St- Petersburg, Russia on July 23rd upon the invitation of the Union of Writers. The reading is on You Tube on my FB page. My new poetry book is due from Troubador Books in October and is a creative memoir in verse. The title is "The Threshold of Broken Waters" and can be pre-ordered through me. My new poetry book is about the effects of the pandemic and is called "Apperception".
Please check my Writer's Website at http://emiliebilman.wix.com/emily-bilman
Sylvia Plath Riding Thanatos (2020)
My essay on Plath's poem "Ariel" appeared in Twelve Rivers, the Suffolk Poetry Society's literary magazine and can be obtained through them.
Apperception is a new poetry book about the excessive dreaming process we experienced during the pandemic. Dreaming often takes us back to our childhood memories and wishes as we deal with our confinement. In the book, the dreaming poet vanquishes her foreboding dreams that intuit the pandemic by realising that the lockdown made us all more vulnerable.
We became more dependent on each other; yet, we unconsciously dislike and repress our interdependence. We began to dream extensively to express our repressed desires. And dreams became poems. This is a fascinating unnoticed phenomenon and will be of interest to any readers who would like to learn more about the manner in which Covid-19 has influenced us all.
Pre-orders of my book can be made by messaging me. Thanks.
Delighted to be published in this prestigious journal of poetics. My poem Greenness was also published in issue JPR05 in September 2016.
My new book of poetry will be released in the UK in September. For orders please contact me.
A Woman By A Well (2015)
The second edition is published in the UK in September 2015.
Orders at Melinda Cochrane International, Québec or on Amazon.
Poetry which John K. Coleridge, Esq. qualified as pure music.
The Inspired Heart Exclusive (2014)
A Canadian Poetry Anthology published by Melinda Cochrane International in Montréal, Québec. Contains 4 of my poems.
MODERN EKPHRASIS (2013)
This book traces the evolution of ekphrasis from Plato to Derrida by analysing modern poems by Sylvia Plath, WC Williams, Nemerov, Ashbery and paintings by de Chirico, Charles Demuth, Paul Klee, Frank Stella, etc. in the light of the major contemporary theories of creativity.
Orders at Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Bern, Switzerland.
La Rivière de Soi (2010)
A book of poems published by SLATKINE in Geneva, ISBN: 9782832104330.
Can be ordered at SLATKINE, GENEVA or through Emily.
The Psychodynamics of Poetry: Poetic Virtuality and Oedipal Sublimation in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Paul Valéry (2010)
Can be ordered at Amazon, ISBN: 9783838380636.