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About Emily Lupita

Emily Lupita is an artist & author. She paints, writes & illustrates books, and designs jewelry & surface patterns from her unique & brightly-colored artwork.

Emily Lupita lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband and their two young sons, nicknamed the Captain and the Admiral. Both of Emily Lupita’s sons are diagnosed with non-verbal Autism. She works from her home studio so she can care for her exceptional boys full-time.

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Emily Lupita Studio / Artwork

Emily Lupita Plum-Güçlü is the creator & designer of Emily Lupita Studio, her online art shop where she sells lines of jewelry, fabric, greeting cards & limited edition artist prints from her Lupita watercolor & ink paintings. Her most recent book, A Childhood in Nature, received an Artist Community Gathering Grant from the BeWildReWild Fund at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

 Emily Lupita has been a life-long artist and began painting her trademark Lupita watercolor series while living in Japan, where she had her first solo art show at the prestigious N.A. Gallery. Since then, Emily Lupita has shown her Lupita Watercolors at many art shows in the United States including the Octagon Center for the Arts Community Artists Exhibit, the Waterloo Center for the Arts Juried Art Show, and the Quincy Center For the Arts Japanese Art Exhibition, among many others. She writes a blog about life in her studio at www.emilylupitastudio.com.

Creative Writing

Emily Lupita Plum-Güçlü is an award-winning writer specializing in identity and place. Her first book of poems, Water and Stone, was published in a bilingual edition (Japanese/English) by Koumyakusya Press, 2004 with translations by Mitsue Niizaki. Her other books include, The Artist’s Alphabet, Wonderful You, and A Childhood in Nature. Emily Lupita’s creative writing awards include the Faulkner Gold Medal for the Poem; the International Poetry Award from the Atlanta Review, the John Allen Writing Award from Central College; the Scratch Short Story Contest Award; the Lepke Endowed Graduate Award; the Pearl Hogrefe Recognition Award for Creative Writing; and a Research Excellence Award from the Graduate College of Iowa State University.

Emily Lupita’s poems have appeared in publications including the North American Review, the Atlanta Review, the Chattahoochee Reviewborder crossingThe Double DealerInternational Poetry ReviewPoetry International, the Portland Review, and in the award-winning anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, among others. Emily Lupita received her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University and BA from Central College. She is at work on her latest poetry book and a collection of essays. She writes a blog about life in her studio at www.emilylupitastudio.com.

Teaching / International Education

Emily Lupita Plum-Güçlü currently teaches cultural diversity courses for the University of Phoenix, where she engages in a daily dialogue with her students about issues of ethnicity and race in society, both in a historical context and in connection to current national and global events. Previously, she’s taught World Literature, Beginning Spanish, and English as a Second Language classes for schools including Iowa State University, The University of New Orleans, Kennesaw State University, and for The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.  Emily Lupita grew up on a homestead in rural Iowa, but has since lived, worked, traveled & studied in over fifteen countries on five continents, accumulating more than seven years total spent abroad.

Emily Lupita has extensive experience in the field of International Education. She has served as President of The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, was selected as a member of the prestigious NAFSA: Association of International Educators Academy, and has presented many papers at various national and international conferences on the topic of study abroad. Her professional experience includes administrative & teaching positions where she has coordinated a wide range of study abroad programs in over sixty different countries across diverse fields of study. She has also led students on multiple summer & spring break study abroad programs to Mexico, Ecuador, Turkey, and Spain.

From 2001-2004, Emily Lupita was an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, where she taught English as a Foreign Language at an academic high school in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan. While in Japan, she studied Shorei kan Goju ryu Okinawa Karate under Master Jukoh Hirakawa. She also studied Japanese art & culture with Distinguished Professor Mitsue Niizaki, with whom she wrote a bilingual poetry & art book, published by Koumyakusya Press in 2004. As an undergraduate, Emily Lupita studied on Central College Study Abroad Programs in Mexico, Spain and Wales. She now lives in the greater Atlanta area and writes a blog about life in her studio at www.emilylupitastudio.com

Award Winning Mexican-American Artist

Emily Lupita has been a working artist since 2004 and has shown her artwork & jewelry at many art shows and festivals around the United States. She has shown her work at galleries and has given readings of her books in Iowa, Atlanta, and Japan. 

Books

Water & Stone, 2004

Wonderful You, 2015

The Artist’s Alphabet, 2013

A Childhood in Nature, 2020

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Iowa State University
(2007)
Degree in Creative Writing and Environment with a focus on Identity and Place. Thesis: “Her Mexico Blurs” poetry collection. Advisor: Debra Marquart Graduate Assistantship with Nancy T. Guthrie in the Study Abroad Office at ISU Awards: Graduate Research Excellence Award – Graduate College, Pearl Hogrefe Recognition Award in Creative Writing – English Department, Lepke Endowed Graduate Award – Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Bachelor of Arts, Central College, Pella, Iowa
(2000)
Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – English, Spanish, and International Relations. Advisor: Keith Ratzlaff. Study Abroad Semester Programs in Mexico, Spain, and Wales. Awards: Joan Farver Presidential Academic Scholarship – Four year / full tuition, John Allen Creative Writing Award – English Department

Publications + Awards + Professional Experiences

BeWildReWild Artist Community Gathering Grant
(2019-2020)
Created a series of 20 paintings about growing up surrounded by nature in rural Iowa. Published an accompanying children’s book, A Childhood in Nature, telling the story of Emily Lupita’s childhood.

A Childhood in Nature, Art Book, Emily Lupita Studio Press, 2020

•Faculty Member, University of Phoenix, “Ethnic Diversity in the United States,” ETHICS125, current

Wonderful You, Art Book, Emily Lupita Studio Press, 2015

•The Nite Gallery artwork and boutique representation, 2014

•Book Signing, MSAA Gallery, 2014

•Marietta Youth Museum Art Auction, 2014

•The Local Exchange, boutique representation, 2014

•MSAA Gallery artwork representation, 2014

The Artist’s Alphabet: 26 Words to Encourage Creativity, Art Book, Emily Lupita Studio Press, 2013

•Founder, Emily Lupita Studio Press, 2013

•Founder, Emily Lupita Studio, Fine Art Studio, 2013

•”The Myth of Continents” Poem, Border Crossing, 2013

•Atlanta Review International Publication Prize, “Wings Echoing” 2011

•President, The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2011 – 2012

•49th Parallel Poetry Award, Finalist, Bellingham Review, “Heredity” 2011

•Grantseeker Training Institute. The Foundation Center, Atlanta, 2011

•Grants & Contract Writer, Institute for Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University, 2011

•Global Economics of Turkey Study Abroad Program: Istanbul, Turkey. Director, Kennesaw State University, 2011

•White Pine Press Poetry Prize, Finalist, The Mythos of Memory & Metaphor (ms), 2011

•“Wings Echoing“ Poem, Atlanta Review, Fall Issue, 2011

•Conference Host and Organizer, 22nd Annual Conference of The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Kennesaw State University, 2011

•May Swenson Poetry Award, Finalist, The Mythos of Memory & Metaphor (ms), 2010

•Intensive Spanish Language Study Abroad Program: San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico. World Literature Instructor & Program On-Site Translator, Kennesaw State University, 2010

•“Intentional Strategies Addressing Responsibility & Social Justice on Study Abroad” Peace Studies Conference, Kennesaw State University, 2010

•NAFSA Academy, Class of 2010

•Vice President, The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2010

•Clinical Nursing Study Abroad Program: Xalapa, Mexico. Program Staff & On-Site Translator, Kennesaw State University, 2010

•“Intentional Strategies for Diversifying Programs Abroad in Latin America” Annual Conference of The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Managua, Nicaragua, 2010

•Program Coordinator, Education Abroad Office, Institute for Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University, 2010

•“Galileo’s Mistress” and “The Empire Does Surgery on Kuan-yin” and “Mozart’s Sister” and “History/Herstory“ Poems, Chattahoochee Review, 2009

•Intensive Spanish Language Study Abroad Program: Quito, Ecuador. Program Staff & On-Site Translator, Kennesaw State University, 2009

•”The Study Abroad Essay Contest: How to Facilitate a Formal Forum for Study Abroad Participants to Voice Support for Study Abroad” National Association of International Educators, Region VII Annual Conference, 2009

•Clinical Nursing Study Abroad Program: Xalapa, Mexico. Program Staff & On-Site Translator, Kennesaw State University, 2009

•International Business Study Abroad Program: Istanbul, Bursa & Ankara, Turkey. Program Staff & Cultural Consultant, Kennesaw State University, 2009

•Study Abroad Advisor, Education Abroad Office, Institute for Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University, 2008

•Decatur Outdoor Market, 2008

•Faulkner Gold Medal for the Poem, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, “Her Mexico Blurs” 2008

•International Merit Award, International Poetry Competition, Atlanta Review, 2008

•Atlanta Writers Club Poetry Contest, Second Place, “Differential,” 2008

•“Her Mexico Blurs” Poem, The Double Dealer Redux, 2008

•Atlantic Station Friday Artist’s Market, 2008

•Atlantic Station Saturday Artist’s Market, 2008

•“Two Islands” Poem, North American Review, Spring 2008

•“Wing by Wing” and “Not This” Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, Anthology, Gival Press, 2008

•“This Great Fear” and “His Back” Poems, Portland Review, 2008

•“The Market Where Blankets Bend” Poem, International Poetry Review, Hispanic/Latino Issue 2008

•Atlantic Station Art Walk, 2008

•Conyers Cherry Blossom Arts Festival, 2008

•Decatur Artist Market, 2008

•Decatur Outdoor Market, 2008

•“Calloused,” Scratch Short Story Contest Winner, Scratch, May, 2008

May-retta Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, 2008

•Borders Bookstore, Book Signing, 2007

•Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Environment, Graduate College, English Department, Iowa State University, 2007

•Graduate Research Excellence Award, Graduate College, Iowa State University, The Myth of Gravity (ms), Poetry, 2007

•Art-toberfest, Reading & Book Signing, 2007

•Gival Press Poetry Award, Finalist, The Myth of Gravity (ms), 2007

•”Night of Poetic Inspiration,” Poetry Reading, Smokey Row Coffee House, 2007

•Reading at Zanzibar’s, Poetry Reading, 2007

•Lepke Endowed Graduate Award, Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Iowa State University, “Faceless Beauty: Non-Japanese Practitioners of Japanese Traditional Arts” Nonfiction Essay, 2007

•Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, New Orleans, Novella Finalist, What Once Was An Island (ms), 2007

•”Living Poetry,” Class Instructor, The Workspace, Iowa State University, 2007

•University of New Orleans Study Abroad in Writing Contest, Nonfiction Essay Honorable Mention, “The Last Drops of a Holy Drink” and “First Steps,”2007

•James Hearst Poetry Prize, Finalist, North American Review,“Two Islands,” 2007

•“In the Karate Dojo Sensei Teaches Emptiness” Poem, North American Review, Sept-Oct 2007

•“Frontier” Poem, Poetry International, Volume 12, 2007

•“Island Woman Dances” Poem, Lyrical Iowa, 2007

•“Not this” International Poetry Review, Poem, Fall 2007, Vol.33, No.2

•“Socially Conscious Programming in Pre-Departure Orientation” The First State of Iowa Conference on Multicultural Education, Iowa State University, 2007

•Quincy Center For the Arts, Japanese Art Exhibition, 2007

•“How to Facilitate a Formal Forum for Study Abroad Participants to Voice Support for Study Abroad” Annual Conference of The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Yale University, 2007

•Reading at Zanzibar’s, Poetry Reading, 2006

•Pearl Hogrefe Recognition Award in Creative Writing, English Department, Iowa State University, 2006

•Art on the Pointe Art Festival, 2006

•Fourth Genre Editors’ Prize, Honorable Mention, “Her Mexico Blurs” Creative Nonfiction Essay, 2006

•“Sakura Sakura” Iowa Poetry Association Annual Contest 3rd Place, Lyrical Iowa, 2006

•“Starfish Café” Poem, StringTown, Issue #9, 2006

•“Socially Conscious Programming in Pre-Departure Orientation” Annual Conference of The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Cuetzalan, Pubela, Mexico 2006

•Geisler Library Writers Reading, Central College, 2005

•Octagon Center for the Arts Main Street Arts Festival, 2005

•Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, New Orleans, Poetry Runner-Up, “The Market Where Blankets Bend,” 2005

•Octagon Center for the Arts Community Artists Exhibit, 2005

•“After Seven Years”, “In the Hallway”, “My Brother From the Sea”, and “I Was Her Teacher”Poems, Sketch, Fall, 2005, Vol.70.1

•Octagon Center for the Arts Holiday Walk, 2004

•Waterloo Center for the Arts Art Show, 2004

•“Orange Robes Folding” and “Wing by Wing” Poems, Sketch, Spring 2005, Vol. 69.2

•Octagon Center for the Arts Main Street Arts Festival, 2004

•Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, New Orleans, Poetry Runner-Up, “Wings Echoing,” 2004

•Japan Exchange and Teaching Program ( JET). English as a Second Language Teacher, Izumigaoka Kotogako High School, Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan, 2001-2004

•The Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching ( AJET). National Board Member, Block 10 Representative, 2003-2004

•“Accent Issues on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme” The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Japanese Education Ministry and the Association for Japan Exchange and TeachingAnnual Meeting, 2004

•Solo Art Exhibition, Watercolor Paintings, N.A. Gallery, Miyazaki, Japan, 2004

•Water and Stone: A Story in Poetry from Japan, Poetry Book, Koumyakusya Press, Japan, 2004

•“Teaching English as a Foreign Language Courses for Japan Exchange and Teaching Participants”The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Japanese Education Ministry and theAssociation for Japan Exchange and Teaching Annual Meeting, 2003

•John Allen Writing Award, Central College, 2001

•“Wooden Statues Made Flesh” Central College Writing Anthology, 2001

•Bachelor of Arts, Central College, 2000

•Central College in Spain. Study Abroad Program, University of Granada Center for Modern Languages, Granada, Spain. Central College, 1999

•Central College in Wales. Study Abroad Program, Trinity College, Carmarthen, Wales. Central College, 1999

•Upward Bound Tutor Counselor. Central College, 1998

•Central College in the Yucatan. Study Abroad Program, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Central College, 1997 & 1998

•Joan Farver Academic Scholarship, Full Tuition / 4 Years, Central College, 1996-2000

•Miss Teen America. National Scholarship & Recognition Pageant State of Iowa Representative, San Diego, California, 1996

•Valedictorian, Albia High School, Albia, Iowa, 1996