Emma DeansEmma Deans is most interested in telling stories about connections to place. She has deep roots in Maine and enjoys traveling, sports, music, hiking, and reflecting. Emma has a love for the simple but important things in life like warm cups of coffee, friendly dogs, inspiring sunsets, and creative art.

Emma is currently a Communications Associate at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, where she fills a variety of roles in the areas of social media outreach, press work, multimedia productions, day-to-day communications, and website curation, as well as serving as a contributing writer/photographer/editor for Postscripts alumni magazine.

She has also worked as a Communications Assistant at the nonprofit Ecotrust (Portland, Oregon); a Multimedia Director for a residential, children’s summer camp called Kingsley Pines (Raymond, Maine); and as an English Teaching Assistant (University of Maine at Farmington). While at UMF she earned several accolades as a four-year field hockey player (most notably, she was named the North Atlantic Conference’s Nominee For The 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and played in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Senior All-Star Game). She also served with AmeriCorps as a trail crew member for the Montana Conservation Corps. She can be contacted at: 


M.S. Multimedia Journalism, University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon, 2013

B.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, Maine, 2011

Certificate in Documentary Writing, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland, Maine, 2010

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Click the image to read an interview with Emma in UMF’s Creative Writing newsletter.