Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing News

The latest faculty, staff, and student news in the Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing. For the latest College news and upcoming events, visit the News & Events section.

  • Jerald Walker teaches in the WLP department at Emerson College

    Walker gets PEN Award

    Jerald Walker, associate professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, was awarded the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award on March 27. 

  • Peggy and Murray Schwartz authors of new book on Pearl Primus

    Schwartz's book examines life of African-dance pioneer

    Ever heard of dancer Pearl Primus? Emerson WLP Professor Murray Schwartz admits few people have, even though she is the person most responsible for bringing African dance to America.

  • Jason Peters

    Javits Fellowship goes to alumnus

    The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of Education that provides up to $40,000 per year to students entering a doctoral program in the fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

  • Cannes Film Festival Logo

    Creative Minds at Cannes selects Emersonians

    Thousands of film festivals take place annually across the globe, but few are more venerated than Cannes, the film showcase and competition that occurs in the south of France each spring.

  • Steve Himmer, MFA ’05

    Himmer's Bee-Loud Glade explores silence

    The concept of “unplugging” from the demands of life and society has gained interest in recent years, as many people feel pressured day and night to respond to emails, to be available for work, and to stay abreast of trends.

  • Jabari Asim

    Asim's book nominated for NAACP best fiction prize

    Jabari Asim, associate professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Fictional Work for his book A Taste of Honey

  • Rick Reiken

    Reiken named finalist for 2010 LA Times fiction prize

    Writing, Literature and Publishing associate professor Frederick “Rick” Reiken has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize competition.

  • Jeffrey Seglin

    Seglin among 2010's Top 100 Thought Leaders

    Seglin was grateful to receive this recognition. The recipients ranged from authors and consultants to researchers, academics, and leaders of the public and private sectors.

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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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