About Me

Photo by Jennifer Wetzel

Photo by Jennifer Wetzel

Hi. I’m Emily Farris, a freelance writer, editor and content developer in Kansas City, MO.

In the fifth grade, I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest.

Since then, my writing has appeared in or on CountryLiving.com, Gourmet.com, Urban Farm Magazine, BUST Magazine, ELLEDECOR.com, Women’s Wear Daily, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, CNN.com, Nerve.com, My Midwest, Edible Brooklyn, Urban Farm Magazine, and many publications and websites you’ve probably never heard of. [View my writing samples.] I’ve edited an advocacy publication, a healthy living magazine, a national pop culture blog, and a local news website. My first cookbook, Casserole Crazy: Hot Stuff for Your Oven, was published by Penguin in 2008 and one of my essays appears in The BUST DIY Guide to Life.

In 2009, after nearly nine years in Brooklyn, NY, I returned to my hometown of Kansas City, MO where I now live with my husband Kyle, and our cat and dog (the cat came from New York with me; I found the dog and the husband after I got here).

Once I was back in the Midwest, I tried my hand at the full-time job thing. During that time, I did communications for a coffee roaster, copywriting for a medical non-profit, and publicity for a cookbook publisher. In the spring of 2013, I decided to get back to freelance writing. As someone who often works best at 2 am, and sometimes needs to take a gardening break for inspiration, I finally accepted the fact that I am more suited to the freelance lifestyle than the corporate one. So, I’m easing back into freelance, but this time, I’m trying to do it like an adult: somewhat regular hours and showers, etc.

While I’m not getting a steady paycheck, I am getting to write about the things I love, like food and urban agriculture, and help businesses better communicate to their current and potential customers — a challenge that almost always excites me, no matter the product or service. I also get to talk about eating (one of my favorite activities) on the feed me kc podcast and on the Food Critics edition of Central Standard Friday on KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate.

If you’re interested in hiring me to write something, see my list of services or contact me.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day.