Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Associate Professor (2003)
B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
David Emblidge has over two decades of experience as a book editor and publisher. He has edited Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities; My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt's Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962; The Appalachian Trail Reader; The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, and many other books.
He authored Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Southern New England and book packaged the four other volumes in this series, appearing in their second editions in 2013. David is Editor, International Journal of the Book and serves on the editorial board of LOGOS, a journal devoted to books and publishing. He also gives workshops, for academic and trade book authors, about navigating the publishing labyrinth.
He co-authored Writer's Resource: The Watson-Guptill Guide to Workshops, Conferences, Artists' Colonies and Academic Programs. He organized the 4th International Conference on the Book and serves as Associate Editor of The International Journal of the Book, both for Common Ground Publishing. His articles and essays have appeared in Southwest Review, The New Republic, Saturday Review, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. For The World Book Encyclopedia, he wrote the article on book publishing. Among his awards have been a First Union Fellowship (International Center for Jefferson Studies), a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship (Univ. de Toulouse, France), a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship (Yale), and a grant from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. Prior to joining the Emerson faculty, he was Editor in Chief at The Mountaineers Books, Seattle.
Office: Ansin 1202
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.