Emerson WLP students' work spotlighted
May 13, 2010
Cory Doctorow, co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing, recently spotlighted Emerson student Jeannie Harrell's book jacket design created for his book Little Brother on the blog. Harrell (Dec) '10 is a student in Writing, Literature and Publishing Department Associate Professor Lisa Diercks's Book Design and Production class; and the jacket design was part of a class assignment.
"I really like what she came up with," Doctorow said on the blog. "Even if CC [Creative Commons] didn't sell more books for me (which it seems to be doing!), I'd still use the licenses, because this kind of thing really, really makes me happy."
Because Doctorow's novel Little Brother is available under a Creative Commons license, Harrell was able to grab the text and design a new interior, and publish her own cover. Creative Commons licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive, for the benefit of recipients.
"It's fascinating how small the world has gotten with the advent of the Internet," Harrell said. "A publishing student in Boston can show an acclaimed, prolific author living in London a design idea for his book, and the author can, through his blog, show it to millions of people worldwide. It's also reassuring to me to know that people are still excited about print design."
"I'm absolutely thrilled for Jeannie," said Dierks. "The concepts she presented during the semester showed inventiveness and a willingness to take visual risks. The elements Jeannie chose came together in a way especially appropriate to the book's subject matter. She's off to a fantastic start to her design career."
Gagne wrote the article, which discussed the closing of libraries around the country due to the struggling economy, in WLP Associate Professor Jeffrey Seglin's Column Writing class.
"Many writers have ideas that they don't know what to do with," said Gagne. "The column writing course [at Emerson] helped give me a framework in which to refine these ideas and get them out into the world."
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.