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.
Emerson President Lee Pelton held a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at his Beacon Hill home for newly named Boston poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges ’86.
Emerson students received some sound advice on February 4 from one of poetry’s most accomplished individuals. Richard Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, paid the College a visit for a reading of his work and a discussion with students.
John Skoyles, professor and associate chair in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, recently had 13 of his poems placed in American Poetry Review.
Assistant Professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis is attending the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of I Am Michael, a film starring James Franco based on a New York Times Magazine article Denizet-Lewis authored.
WLP Associate Professor Megan Marshall, who won a Pulitzer Prize last year for her novel Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, shares some of her favorite books as well as what she’s currently reading in the Boston Globe Bibliophiles.
Several Emerson students and alumni are involved in Writing Home, a theater production written by Boston–area homeless people, which runs December 18-21.
Associate Professor Megan Marshall’s Pulitzer Prize–winning biography, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article on December 12 that profiled reviewer Danielle Allen’s five best books on loneliness.
Blake Campbell ’15, a Writing, Literature, and Publishing student who also works in Emerson’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, recently interviewed WLP faculty member Christopher Hennessy, MFA ’00, about his literary career devoted to the study of poetry by gay Americans.
Creative 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.
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.