Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Leslie Brokaw teaches Magazine Publishing Overview.
Leslie is a contributing editor to MIT Sloan Management Review and helps oversee daily editorial operations of its website, sloanreview.mit.edu. She is co-author of the 2014 guidebook Frommer's Montréal and Québec City, and has written or contributed to 10 Frommer's books since 2007.
In recent years, Leslie served as editor-in-chief of Leader magazine, a quarterly publication for adult volunteers of Girl Scouts of the USA, and U.S. editor of Colloquy India, a quarterly magazine produced by a Delhi-based team of writers and editors for LoyaltyOne. Leslie was a weekly columnist for the Boston Globe for three years, reporting on the New England film community. With a web partner, she also helps develop and manage small business websites, including anthonyrao.com and chrisbrokaw.com.
Leslie began her journalism career in radio, as producer and on-air reporter at the public radio station WAMC-FM in Albany, NY. She spent her early writing years at the national business magazine Inc., first as a writer and then as editor-in-chief of Inc.com.
She has worked for the publications and websites of a broad range of corporate clients, including Citizens Bank, Merrill Lynch, LoyaltyOne, Monitor Group, the Pohly Company, AARP, and Harvard University's Kennedy School.
Office: Ansin 10th Fl.
Current CoursesMagazine Publishing Overview (PB680)
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.