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MZ (Emily Zack) is a choreographer, a classically trained ballerina, songwriter, and a contemporary and burlesque dancer. She studied theatre at Tisch School of the Arts, earned her BA in French from the University of Southern Maine and the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in England.


Using a unique teaching style of storytelling, creative arts, and hedgehogs, she joyfully taught French in middle school for twenty years, honoring her childhood in Alsace, France. She lives and performs with Vivid Motion Dance in Portland, Maine, where she can feel the sea, with her husband, two daughters, and pet menagerie.



An octopus of hands

she gives them to me

even when broken

or newly stained with his ink


my my heart

you have squashed it

you have simply

mashed it with your thumb

and I am sorry for it

so so sorry

Author Influences

L.M. Montgomery. Madeleine L’Engle. C.S. Lewis. E.B. White. Frances Hodgson Burnett. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Angela Carter. Langston Hughes. Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Charlotte Bronte. Roald Dahl. Eric Carle. Beatrix Potter. Margaret Wise Brown. Dr. Suess. Rupi Kaur. Melanie Gideon. William Carlos Williams. Kurt Vonnegut. Toni Morisson. J.R.R. Tolkein. Lewis Carroll. Neil Gaiman. James Joyce. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Sappho. Arnold Lobel. Carolyn Keene. Richard Scarry. Tomi dePaola

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