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.
Emerson College will welcome actor, author, screenwriter, and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Ayad Akhtar on campus as senior artist-in-residence for the month of March.
Associate Professor Douglas Whynott's The Sugar Season examines threats to America's maple syrup industry.
A long list of faculty and alumni from the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department led discussions and events February 26-March 1 at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair in Seattle.
A week-long series of events—starting with a ticketed gala with several high-profile guests on Saturday, March 8—will celebrate the grand opening of Emerson College Los Angeles.
The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, held this summer in Austria, is seeking accepting applications from Emerson students.
David Weinstein, MFA '16, wrote a compelling essay for Slate.com about football player Michael Sam's public annoucement that he is gay, which was posted February 14.
Students, faculty, and staff celebrated the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with dramatic readings of his legendary speeches in the Little Building Dining Hall on January 21.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, MFA '10, recently won a $25,000 fellowship grant for creative writing through the National Endowment for the Arts.
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.