A chat with Steve Yarbrough

Professor Steve Yarbrough

Carrie Sheffield
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.


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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Jennifer CrystalCurrent 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.

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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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