A chat with Steve Yarbrough
May 04, 2010
Acclaimed author and Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing Professor Steve Yarbrough recently sat down with Emerson’s Office of Public Affairs to talk about what Boston offers to promising writers not only with its history but with the accomplished novelists who call it home. He also spoke about Emerson’s large and talented Creative Writing faculty, and the accomplishments of students in the program.
Yarbrough’s latest book, Safe from the Neighbors (Knopf, 2010), was released in January to rave reviews. In 2006, his novel The End of California (Knopf) was a finalist for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction. Prisoners of War (Knopf, 2004) was a finalist for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Oxygen Man (MacAdam/Cage, 1999) won the California Book Award, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction, and the Mississippi Authors Award. Yarbrough’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. His work has been published in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, and Poland.
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 of fiction or nonfiction exploring the experience of serious illness and includes a $10,000 prize as well as publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions.