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.

  • Dan Tobin

    Tobin wins Massachusetts Book Award

    Former Interim Dean of Emerson’s School of the Arts Dan Tobin has won the 2011 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry for his book Belated Heavens.

  • Robert Atwan

    Emerson launches Boston Summer Writers' Conference

    Emerson’s Writing Literature and Publish Department will spearhead the first annual Boston Summer Writers’ Conference on campus, from June 24–30, 2012. Open to interested writers nationwide, the conference will represent a unique literary experience for Boston and will be one of only a few summer writing conferences to occur in a major U.S. city.

  • The Graduate Reading Series Event

    Interview With the Curators of the Graduate Reading Series

    The Graduate Reading Series, one of the Graduate Student Organizations in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing department, held an event on September 23.

  • Junot Diaz visits Emerson

    Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, visited Emerson as part of Hispanic Latin American Heritage Month.

  • Ploughshares begins 40th anniversary celebration

    Ploughshares, published at Emerson, kicked off its 40th-year celebrations with a Sept. 20 reading at the Harvard Book Store.

  • Diaz and students

    Writer Junot Diaz visits campus

    Junot Díaz delivered a guest lecture, read two of his short stories, held a Q & A with students, and then did a book signing of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao while he was on Emerson College's campus during Latin American Heritage Month. More than 100 students attended the event.

  • Creative Writing graduate student Nicole Miller

    Creative Writing Student Attends Translation Workshop in Greece

    Creative Writing graduate student Nicole Miller talks about her time at Princeton's 2011 Summer Translation Workshop in Greece and how she was selected to join this workshop.

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    Creative Writing Graduate Students Host Poetry Program

    Creative Writing graduate students Meredith Jordan and Sarah Ehrich received a Graduate Student Association (GSA) Special Award in May 2011 to use toward POP! (Poets of Place).

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MFA News Highlights

Sara Novic BFA Alum and Girl at War author Sara Novic talks to The Guardian about what it's like to be a deaf novelist.

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Brionne Thompson Congratulations to our Graduate Award Winners: Brionne Thompson (Best Thesis), Stephen Shane (WLP Thesis Award), Mary Nolan (Outstanding Publishing Project and Bookbuilders), Mireidys Garcia (Bookbuilders) Madison Bakalar (Fiction), Caitlin McGill (Nonfiction and President's Award), and Cheryl Buchanan (Poetry).


Asako Serizawa Asako Serizawa (MFA '01) is the recipient of a fiction writing fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.


Senior Lecturer Mary Kovaleski Senior Lecturer Mary Kovaleski is the recipient of the inaugural Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation, presented by the Alumni Association to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in innovation by engaging students in active learning in and out of the classroom.


Christina Pugh Poet Christina Pugh (MFA '00) was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Fulbright ScholarshipSarah Chaves (BFA '11) was awarded a Fulbright 2015-2016 Grant. Chaves will spend one year, fully-funded, in Portugal working on her memoir.

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The Wilderness of RuinRoxane Gay visited campus on March 19 for a question-and-answer session with students followed by a reading of some of her essays. Both events are part of the Writing, Literature & Publishing Reading Series.

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The Wilderness of RuinMFA '98 Roseanne Montillo's article about 14-year old serial killer Jesse Pomeroy appeared on CBS News Crimsider. Montillo's latest book The Wilderness of Ruin explores the hunt for the child killer during Boston's Gilded Age and the Great Fire of 1872.

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All the Old KnivesMFA '99 Olen Steinhauer's new book, All the Old Knives was recently reviewed by The New York Times.


Lacy EyeProfessor Jessica Treadway is featured in the Boston Globe for her new novel “Lacy Eye.” In the Q&A with the Globe, Treadway discusses her writing habits, including writing drafts in longhand.

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Columbian ArtistsA group of nine young, emerging artists from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín recently presented their artwork at Emerson College Los Angeles and are visiting Emerson College in Boston this month.

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Stephen ShaneCreative 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.

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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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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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