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.
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.