Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
John Rodzvilla has worked on a variety of editorial, production, and subsidiary rights endeavors in publishing. He acquired and developed non-fiction titles for Da Capo Press, Perseus Publishing, and Basic Books, including titles on business writing, weblog development, forensic science, and general non-fiction. At Perseus, Rodzvilla was responsible for a print-on-demand program that took out-of-print backlist titles and put them back into print as paperbacks. Rodzvilla also worked in the subsidiary rights department of the Perseus Books Group where he licensed titles for translation in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Additionally, at Perseus, he was part of the digital rights team that developed digital initiatives with Google, Amazon, Sony, and Microsoft.
Rodzvilla edited the first collection of weblog writings, We've Got Blog (Basic Books), in 2002. While earning his Master's in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Rodzvilla received a grant to study the applications of the Amazon Kindle in the library and worked in the library's technical services department. Rodzvilla has presented on social networks and blogging for libraries across the country, including at the Computers in Library conference, the American Library Association's annual conference, and the annual conference for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Currently a consultant on digitization and new media, Rodzvilla also lectures and writes within the library community on the role of new technology in scholarship and information services.
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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.