Now is the Time. Memphis is the Place.

Hi, I’m Emily Zachry

Photos: Emily Zachry

If I had to summarize myself using two words I’d use these labels: Memphian and feminist.

These terms have set the tone for my adult life, and I would not have it any other way. I am the daughter of two Tennesseans–one from Memphis, the other hailing from Halls. Since birth, Memphis has contributed to great portion of my identity. As a child, I attended Memphis Redbirds games in a pint-sized cheerleading outfit, and as I aged, my pride only strengthened. After graduating high school from St. Agnes Academy, I decided to start selling Memphis themed t-shirts and making Snapchat Geofilters for my city.

The latter term took some time for me to adopt. It was not until high school that I discovered my love for all things feminist. In the spring of my junior year, I was invited to join the board of an online, feminist magazine titled GrrlPunchGrrlPunch inspired me to adopt feminism wholeheartedly. Moreover, my position at GrrlPunch solidified my interest in both writing and journalism. A lot has changed in my life since I joined the magazine, but my love for Memphis and feminism remain steadfast.

After graduation, my close friend and GrrlPunch editor-in-chief, Lucy Hargrove and I decided it was time to uproot and explore a different city for a change. We landed on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and within minutes of arriving we knew leaving Memphis was a mistake. A few months passed, and we both eventually returned home.

My decision to transfer to the University of Memphis was the best one that I could have made. The school has reinforced not only my love for Memphis, but also my love for journalism. It was the U of M that inspired me to apply to Choose901.

When I am not focusing on my career in journalism, I live the life of a typical 20-year-old. On any given day, you will find me drinking a cup of coffee at Otherlands Coffee Bar. Once the acceptable time to consume coffee has passed, I typically visit one of my favorite Memphis restaurants for dinner. In particular, I love to attend the weekly trivia night at Huey’s. In my free-time, I also enjoy cooking, hanging out with my friends and going to shows at the Hi Tone Cafe. Finally, when I am not doing any of the aforementioned, you can find me working locally at Crazy Beautiful!

I hope my time at Choose901 reinforces my love for Memphis and allows me to see the city in a different way. One of my favorite aspects of this city is that there is always something new and different to discover. I am excited to share my experiences with you as I navigate what this incredible city has to offer.

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