She won the inaugural Freedom to Write Freefall Scholarship in 2018, and her story “Like Siamese” was longlisted for the 2016 Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award. In 2017 Emma self-published a collection of short stories and personal essays titled Watching Cartoons with Boys. It received glowing reviews from Ramona Magazine and Underground Writers.
Outside writing fiction, Emma is interested in academic research that examines the writer J. D. Salinger (especially his depictions of trauma). Her undergraduate thesis examined Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and “Seymour: An Introduction” as narratives of unresolved grief, and she has since been published in this field.