Emily Dobson was born in 1981 and grew up in Hawke's Bay. In 2004 Emily completed her MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in Wellington, winning the Adam Prize for best folio and the Glen Schaeffer Fellowship to attend the renowned creative writing programme at Iowa University. Emily is also a past winner of the Takahe poetry competition, and has had poetry published widely, including NZ Listener, Sport, and The Iowa Review.
She now lives with her family in Kereru, Hawke's Bay, in the house she grew up in.
Emily Dobson’s debut poetry collection, A Box of Bees, was one of the NZ Herald’s Books of the Year for 2005.