Felicia Pride, MA '05
What are you currently working on?
I'm a co-creator at 2MPower, a firm I founded with journalism professor Allissa Richardson. Right now we're finishing up the educational materials - standards-based curriculum and community viewing guide - for the forthcoming documentary Slavery by Another Name. The film aired on PBS in February. It is directed by Sam Pollard (Spike Lee's longtime editor). We'll also be developing a curriculum for State of the Re: Union, a radio show that airs on NPR. We're interested in ways to connect media that's not usually thought of as learning tools to the education world.
I am also developing a Vook for my book The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs. Vooks are enhanced e-books that include images, video, and audio. I am managing the project myself with a team of collaborators, including filmmakers, animators and even a visual data artist! Lastly, I just finished my first screenplay. It has a producer attached and we're currently in pre-production.
Could you describe one person, experience, or series of events at Emerson that shifted the course of your career, and/or that illustrates one of Emerson’s core attributes of creativity, collaboration, risk taking, and excellence?
One experience at Emerson that illustrated Emerson’s core attitude of risk taking was when I started BackList. As a way to connect with New York publishing as I studied it at Emerson, I decided to start a newsletter that looked at the business of publishing with an African American focus. I received so much support from my professors with the launch of BackList and as it grew over its seven-year life.
Is there an example of how a faculty member aided you with your career?
There are several examples—from receiving recommendations to receiving contract work. To this day, Emerson professors are supportive of my career and are always willing to lend a helping hand.
What’s the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Emerson students?
I’d say take advantage of everything – from clubs/organizations/opportunities to travel/connecting with professors/reading/learning/meeting people. Soak it all in. And make the experience your own.
Professor Steve Yarbrough has been elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and, in addition, will receive the 2015 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction this spring from the same organization.
Current MFA Jennifer Crystal recently signed a book deal with Belfort & Bastion for her memoir Et Voilà: One Traveler's Journey from Foreigner to Francophile. The publisher has a target launch date of Jan. 1.
WLP alum and writer Thomas Page McBee's memoir Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man was named on Publisher's Weekly's "Best Books of 2014."
Greg Nichols (MFA '11) released his first book, Striking Gridiron, A Town's Pride and a Team's Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History. The book was named a Junior Library Guild Fall 2014 Selection.
Lecturer Tamera Marko's writing collective with Emerson maintenance workers from Latin America and undergraduates presented a bilingual presentation: "Proyecto Carrito II: When the Student Receives an 'A' and the Worker Gets Fired: Driving our Own Narrative" at the Conference on Rhetoric and Composition.
Recent MA in Publishing & Writing alumni collaborated to launch a new literary genre journal called Strangelet. Alumni include Executive Editor Casey Brown (MA ’13), Managing Editor Leah Thompson (MA ’12), Production Editor Franco Alvarado (MA ’13), and Creative Director Chandra Asar (MA ’12).
WLP Professor Megan Marshall and the emersonWRITES program participate in the launch and unveiling of Boston as the country's first Literary Cultural District.
Michelle Bailat-Jones (MFA '05) won the inaugral Christopher Doheny award for her novel Fog Island Mountains. The award recognizes a book-lenth work exploring the experience of serious illness and includes a $10,000 prize and publication and promotion of the book.