Robert Atwan Joins WLP Faculty to Launch Summer Writers' Conference
November 14, 2011
Robert Atwan, the series editor of the prestigious annual collection, The Best American Essays, has been appointed a special assignment faculty member at Emerson College. Atwan founded the Best American Essays series in 1985.
As series editor he has collaborated with such prominent authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, Gay Talese, Annie Dillard, Susan Orlean, Adam Gopnik, Christopher Hitchens, and the late David Foster Wallace and Susan Sontag. The series is widely regarded as the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest creative nonfiction.
Atwan’s special assignment is to help the college develop and launch an annual summer writing program on the Boston campus. The program, which is called the Boston Summer Writers’ Conference, is scheduled to debut the week of June 24 2012. It will feature addresses and readings by such literary luminaries as Ann Beattie, Robin Hemley and Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Paul Harding, along with workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama conducted by such outstanding writers as David Lehman, Jill McCorkle, Phillip Lopate, and Adam Bock.
Highlights include daily social gatherings and nightly readings that will foster a spirit of community among writers, and special craft panels featuring poets and writers from creative writing faculty in Emerson's Writing, Literature and Publishing Department.
Atwan will work with the conference’s Director, Jerald Walker, Interim Chair of Writing, Literature and Publishing, and coordinator Steve Yarbrough to build one of the nation’s top summer writing programs. “It’s odd that so many summer writing conferences are held in suburban or rural settings,” Atwan noted. “We’ll be different, right in the heart of a great cultural city that we will encourage our participants to explore and enjoy. I’m hoping we’ll be seen as an urban Bread Loaf.”
Class size will be restricted, so early application is encouraged. The application deadline is April 13, 2012. To learn more about the Boston Summer Writers' Conference at Emerson College, call 617-824-8280 or visit the Office of Professional Studies .
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 (MFA '01) is the recipient of a fiction writing fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
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.
Poet Christina Pugh (MFA '00) was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Sarah Chaves (BFA '11) was awarded a Fulbright 2015-2016 Grant. Chaves will spend one year, fully-funded, in Portugal working on her memoir.
Roxane 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.
MFA '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.
MFA '99 Olen Steinhauer's new book, All the Old Knives was recently reviewed by The New York Times.
Professor 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.
A 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.
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.
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.