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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.

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    TIME LAPSE VIDEOS: Watch 2 murals get created

    The Office of the Arts has compiled two time lapse videos showing the recent creation of murals made by artists at Emerson.

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    Faculty honored at appreciation event

    Faculty members whose work at Emerson has spanned four decades were honored at the Bordy Theater on October 1 for the first annual Faculty Appreciation Event, organized by The Spirit of Emerson and the Office of Academic Affairs.

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    emersonWRITES in ArtWeek Boston

    Emerson College is one of several community organizations participating in ArtWeek Boston, a collection of events and activities that feature the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and creative community in Boston. 

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    Class of 2018 features authors, dancers, activists

    Emerson’s Class of 2018 is a success story in the making—SAT scores, grade point averages, and diversity are all up—but some students are also published authors, successful entertainers, and social justice activists.

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    Denizet-Lewis on Advocate LGBT-influentials list

    Assistant Professor in Writing, Literature and Publishing Benoit Denizet-Lewis made the 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media List in The Advocate.  

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    Emerson UnCommon civic game launches Sept. 22

    On Monday, September 22, Emerson launches a civic engagement game called Community PlanIt: Emerson Uncommon, a highly innovative, distinctively Emersonian way of cultivating community input for the College’s ongoing strategic planning process.

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    Skoyles recites poetry on NPR (WCAI)

    Professor and Associate Chair in Writing, Literature and Publishing John Skoyles talks to Mindy Todd, host of NPR’s The Point, about discovering poetry and his path to becoming a poet.

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    Marshall discusses Pulitzer win

    Doors continue to open for author Megan Marshall, the associate professor in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department who won a Pulitzer Prize in April for Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, including a new fellowship and serving on the American Heritage Dictionary review board.

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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.


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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