Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing News

The latest faculty, staff, and student news in the Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing. For the latest College news and upcoming events, visit the News & Events section.

  • Jabari Asim

    Asim’s book reviewed, WBUR’s The Artery

    Only the Strong, a new novel written by Associate Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing Jabari Asim, is reviewed on WBUR blog The Artery.

  • Weesner

    Former WLP prof. Ted Weesner dies at 79

    Author and former Writing, Literature and Publishing (WLP) Professor Ted Weesner died at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire on June 25, according to his online obituary. He was 79.

  • Greta Spoering

    Violence Prevention advocate reflects on year

    Greta Spoering is excited to have finished her first academic year working at Emerson College, where she is one of two advocates with Emerson’s Violence Prevention and Response, a confidential resource on campus.  

  • Inclusive Excellence Fellowship

    Faculty diversity workshop attendance doubles

    The number of Emerson faculty members who participated in the annual inclusive pedagogy workshop, called the Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellows Program, increased significantly this year.

  • Jabari Asim

    Asim comments on Obama 'N-word' use

    Associate Professor Jabari Asim, who is editor-in-chief of the NAACP’s magazine, Crisis, commented for CNN and the Wall Street Journal on President Barack Obama’s use of the “N-word” racial slur during a discussion on race with podcaster Marc Maron this week.

  • Comedy students

    Comedy major launches at Emerson

    Starting this fall 2015, prospective students can apply to Emerson’s newly announced major in comedy—the first specialized Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Comedic Arts. 

  • Danielle Legros Georges

    Legros Georges '86 featured in Boston Globe

    Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges talks to the Boston Globe about moving to Mattapan from Haiti as a young girl and how she was exposed to the arts at an early age through the Haitian community in Boston as well as her own family.

  • Capital Building

    Washington Center gives Emerson top honor

    Emerson College has been named 2015 Private University of the Year by The Washington Center for its ongoing commitment to providing educational opportunities for students in the nation’s capital.

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MFA News Highlights

Janaka Stucky Poet Janaka Stucky (BFA '00) reads at the 50th anniversary of the international poetry reincarnation.

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Emerson College Emerson College is the highest ranked local school in College Magazine's "Top Ten Best Schools for English Majors" list.

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Sara Novic BFA Alum Sara Novic's first novel Girl at War receives rave reviews in the New York Times Book Review.

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Brionne Thompson Congratulations to our Graduate Award Winners: Brionne Thompson (Best Thesis), Stephen Shane (WLP Thesis Award), Mary Nolan (Outstanding Publishing Project and Bookbuilders), Mireidys Garcia (Bookbuilders) Madison Bakalar (Fiction), Caitlin McGill (Nonfiction and President's Award), and Cheryl Buchanan (Poetry).


Asako Serizawa Asako Serizawa (MFA '01) is the recipient of a fiction writing fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.


Senior Lecturer Mary Kovaleski Senior Lecturer Mary Kovaleski is the recipient of the inaugural Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation, presented by the Alumni Association to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in innovation by engaging students in active learning in and out of the classroom.


Christina Pugh Poet Christina Pugh (MFA '00) was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Fulbright ScholarshipSarah Chaves (BFA '11) was awarded a Fulbright 2015-2016 Grant. Chaves will spend one year, fully-funded, in Portugal working on her memoir.

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The Wilderness of RuinRoxane Gay visited campus on March 19 for a question-and-answer session with students followed by a reading of some of her essays. Both events are part of the Writing, Literature & Publishing Reading Series.

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The Wilderness of RuinMFA '98 Roseanne Montillo's article about 14-year old serial killer Jesse Pomeroy appeared on CBS News Crimsider. Montillo's latest book The Wilderness of Ruin explores the hunt for the child killer during Boston's Gilded Age and the Great Fire of 1872.

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All the Old KnivesMFA '99 Olen Steinhauer's new book, All the Old Knives was recently reviewed by The New York Times.


Lacy EyeProfessor Jessica Treadway is featured in the Boston Globe for her new novel “Lacy Eye.” In the Q&A with the Globe, Treadway discusses her writing habits, including writing drafts in longhand.

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Columbian ArtistsA group of nine young, emerging artists from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín recently presented their artwork at Emerson College Los Angeles and are visiting Emerson College in Boston this month.

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Stephen ShaneCreative Writing MFA Stephen Shane (2015) and his colleague David Knight created a short documentary on Boston busing called Desegregated, Yet Unequal, and it was recently named an Editors' Pick by The Atlantic.

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Steve YarbroughProfessor 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.

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Thomas McBeeWLP 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."

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Ladette RandolphLadette Randolph's new memoir Leaving the Pink House was featured on Oprah.com as a suggested memoir. Randolph teaches in WLP and is Editor-in-Chief of Ploughshares literary magazine.

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Greg NicholsGreg 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.

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Marko TameraLecturer 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.

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Megan MarshallRecent 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).

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Megan MarshallWLP Professor Megan Marshall and the emersonWRITES program participate in the launch and unveiling of Boston as the country's first Literary Cultural District.

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Michelle Bailat JonesMichelle 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.

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