Emmett Wheatfall lives in Portland, Oregon where he reads, writes, and performs poetry. He has self-published four books of poetry entitled He Sees Things (2010), We Think We Know (2011), The Meaning of Me (2012), and Bread Widow (2013). Emmett has written four chapbooks under the titles Queen of the Nile, I Too Am A Slave, The Majestic, and Midnight In Madrid. His poems have been published in online journals and periodicals.
He has released one non-lyrical poetry CD titled I Speak, and three lyrical poetry CDs. When I Was Young (2010) is a thematic CD that speaks to love, hope, betrayal, and fidelity addressed in various social and cultural context. I Loved You Once (2011) contains poetry writing set to jazz, blues, and pop musical influences. His latest release is titled Them Poetry Blues (2013), and is a compilation of great poetry contextualize in blues genre music. It’s an album featuring some of Oregon’s most talented jazz and blues musicians.
In 2014, he served on the Nominations Committee for the selection of Oregon’s Poet Laureate. The Oregon Poet Laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues related to humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon. The poet is appointed by the governor of the State of Oregon.
Emmett has been a featured poet at poetry readings and has performed lyrical poetry in concert with Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada, been on air (radio) with Oregon's poet laureate Paulann Petersen, and is an active participant in the Portland Poetry Slam (PPS) spoken word scene.