About Emily

Emily Kemme, Colorado author

Emily Kemme, Author of Feeding the Famished. Her first novel, “In Search of Sushi Tora,” was named a Finalist for First Novel in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA). Her second novel, “Drinking the Knock Water: A New Age Pilgrimage”, recently was named a Finalist in Chick Lit in the NGIBA.

As the award-winning author for her novels, Drinking the Knock Water: A New Age Pilgrimage (Arrowhead Publishing, January 2017) and  In Search of Sushi Tora (Arrowhead Publishing, October 2011), and on her lifestyle blog, Feeding the Famished, Emily Kemme tends to look at the world in all its rawness. She writes about human nature, and on her blog shares recipes and food for thought along with insights about daily life. She is a recipe creator but winces when labeled a foodie.  She is the Food & Lifestyle Contributor for the Greeley Tribune’s Dining column and also writes features for the newspaper and its magazine, #Greality.

“I write about what I ate for lunch only if it’s meaningful,” Emily says. “Mostly, I’m just hungry.”

Greeley CO Author

Emily writes because her degrees in American and English History, followed by a law degree from the University of Colorado, left her searching for her voice. She also suffered from chronic insomnia.

“Writing helps clarify my mind, erasing clutter, and makes room for more impressions. My thoughts can seem random and disconnected, but once they flow onto paper, a coherency and purpose emerges, directing patterns into story. I sleep much better, too.”

As an author who lives in Greeley, Colorado, she celebrates people’s differences, noting that the biggest problem with being different is when it’s deemed a problem. Emily often identifies with the underdog, focusing on humanizing the outsider, showing there is not only one right way to be or to live. Through her writing she hopes her audience will be open to new ideas, the acceptance of others, and will recognize the universalities of human experience in a non-judgmental way as they meet her characters and follow their stories.

Between writing deadlines and her regularly scheduled board meetings with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and United Way of Weld County, Emily is a workaholic who schedules even her ironing as regularly appointed “zen-time,” both to accomplish a household task and give her mind a chance to wander, which along with an occasional nap, allows her creative energy to meander freely and flourish toward interesting narrative conclusions.

Emily’s first novel, In Search of Sushi Tora (Arrowhead Publishing, 2011) was named a Finalist for First Novel in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA). Her second novel, Drinking the Knock Water: A New Age Pilgrimage (Arrowhead Publishing, 2017), received a Finalist for Chick Lit award from the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and two CIPA EVVY awards.

Emily is currently working on a children’s book series, a collaborative project with her daughter-in-law, Mia. She is also writing her third novel, The Man With the Wonky Spleen, a story focusing on human idiosyncrasies, better known as the “Achilles Heel.”


Drinking the Knock Water: A New Age Pilgrimage (Arrowhead Publishing, 2017)

Greeley CO Author Emily Kemme Drinking The Knock Water

In Search of Sushi Tora (Arrowhead Publishing, 2011)

Greeley CO Author Emily Kemme - Book cover for In Search of Sushi Tora

The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra:  A Century of Musical Magic, 1911-2011, by Ron Edgerton, Emily Kemme, Norman Savig, Roger Sherman, Mike Ruckles, Howard Skinner, and Peggy Ford Waldo (Paros Press, 2010)

Professional Memberships:

PEN America




  • Reply Lori Gama August 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Once again, your writing moves me, like catching a train of your thoughts – I get on at one “stop” in the journey, enjoy the ride, feel the emotions of it, laugh or cry, and then get off the train (your blog) and get back to my Greality until the next newsletter.

  • Reply Linda Schreiber August 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Wonderful blog…wonderful writing…wonderful photos!
    Go Emily! Smiles, Linda Schreiber

    • Reply Emily Kemme August 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks, Linda! Spread the word about my writing to your connections. It’s through my dedicated readers that I’m building a community!

  • Reply Marina September 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    You have really interesting blog, keep up posting such informative posts!

  • Reply Fatima Groom March 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    What a wonderful site! I am enjoying it! This is GREAT Emily!!

  • Reply JoAnn McGrath March 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I enjoy the art of cooking something new and sharing with family and friends. I plan to try the Chicken Provencal recipe for an up coming birthday celebration. Thanks for sharing your talents. JoAnn

  • Reply Beverly Wallace March 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Such fun. Nice to see you keep reinventing yourself with new and exciting things to do and say. I'm most interested in your books. How did you go about being published and what lead you to write. Newspaper columns have been the extent of my writing hobby. On to other things… the Chicken recipe looks delicious, but I would be more interested in a Matzo ball soup recipe, if you have one. Haven't had any good soup since we left California. Izzy's Deli in Santa Monica had the best. Their mushroom barley soup was awesome too. Anyway, good luck with this.

  • Reply Dimitria Hurst February 22, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Love the blog, Emily! Doug's design work is impressive, too. Wow. And love the Roast Chicken Provencal recipe. Several years ago, I had Roast Chicken Provencal made by Babette's Feast of Fort Collins. It was out of this world, and I've been trying to find or replicate that recipe for years. This might be it!

    • Reply Emily Kemme February 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

      I've never eaten at that restaurant, but I hope this recipe will be what you're looking for! Thanks!

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