Hi, my name is Emma Polini, and I would like to introduce myself to the community. I have recently joined the team at the Herald Democrat where I now work as the managing editor for the Van Alstyne Leader, Prosper Press and Anna-Melissa Tribune.

Originally from Westfield, New Jersey, I first came to Texas four years ago to attend Austin College. In the summers between, I have lived in Dallas, Plano, Allen, Sherman and now McKinney. A little over three months ago I graduated Summa Cum Laude from AC with my bachelor’s degree in English, with an emphasis on creative writing and minors in French and art. I then spent the next two months working in the South of France before taking up this position. I speak English and French fluently, as well as some Spanish, and I look forward to learning a new language in my free time. I have written for the Herald Democrat publications since last October and am very excited to now manage the weekly papers.

Writing is a passion of mine. I devoted my senior year at AC to completing my 170-page English Honors Thesis, which focuses on trauma theory and recovery through creative outlets. As both a writer and an artist, I enjoy fiction and short story writing, poetry, journalistic writing, academic writing, figure drawing, oil painting, acrylic painting and watercolor painting. I have been published in several publications, including a national academic one, and am a proud member of several national honors societies including Phi Beta Kappa.

As a New Jersey native, I am a huge New York Giants fan. My father has taken me to the opening game between the Giants and the Cowboys each year in Arlington since I started school in 2013, which finally led to a triumphant win last year after several years of disappointment. I hope to experience another victory on Sept. 10, but I would like the Cowboys fans to know that when I’m not rooting for the Giants, I have their backs — in my experience, Giants and Cowboys fans know how to rally together against a more loathesome foe: the Eagles.

I am now the managing editor of the Prosper Press, Van Alstyne Leader and Anna-Melissa Tribune. Please feel free to contact me at epolini@heralddemocrat.com with any community news you wish to share or for any inquiries.