Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty

John Rodzvilla

Senior Electronic Publisher-in-Residence (2007)

B.A. Skidmore College


John Rodzvilla

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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Contact

Office: Ansin 1017A

Phone: 3717

E-Mail: john_rodzvilla@emerson.edu

Current Courses

Electronic Publishing Overview (PB403)
Top: Music Writing (PB491)
Top: Profile Writing (PB491)
Top: Writing about Subcultures (PB491)
Top: Advanced Applications for Print Publishing (PB491)
Top: Ed Tech Times: Content Development and Web Design for an Online Information Hub (PB491)
Top: App for Print Publishing (PB590)
Top: Children's Publishing (PB590)
Top: Creating Digital Chpbk (PB590)
Topics: Book Editing (PB590)
Topics: Mag. Publish Overview (PB590)
Electronic Publishing Overview (PB692)
Top: Educational Publishing (PB694)
Top: Magazine Marketing (PB694)
Top: Ed Tech Times: Content Development and Web Design for an Online Information Hub (PB694)
Top: Innovation in Publishing: Trade & Literary Entrepreneurship (PB694)
Top: Innovation in Publishing: Trade & Literary Entrepreneurship (PB694)
Top: Innovation in Publishing: Trade & Literary Entrepreneurship (PB694)
Web Development for Electronic Publishing (PB696)
Top: Audio Prod/Profes Studio (VM420)
Top: Directing and Producing the Narrative Motion Picture (VM420)
Top: Ed Tech Times: Content Development and Web Design for an Online Information Hub (VM420)
Top: Ed Tech Times: Content Development and Web Design for an Online Information Hub (VM420)
Top: Improv Comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade (VM420)
Top: Magic Hour: The Art of Cinematography in LA (VM420)
Top: Production Design:Craft and Practice in the Art Department (VM420)
Top: Research and Creative Production in Virtual and Agumented Reality Public Art (VM420)
Top: Studio Independents: Navigation the Motion Picture Industry (VM420)
Top: Studio Independents: Navigation the Motion Picture Industry (VM420)
Top: Studio Independents: Navigation the Motion Picture Industry (VM420)
Top: Technical Craft of the Narrative Motion Picture (VM420)
Topics in Media Arts Practice: Prague Film Program (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Aesthetics of Film Editing: Storytelling Through Images (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Aesthetics of Film Editing: Storytelling Through Images (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Analysis and Production of Web Videos (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Feature Film Development (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Feature Film Development (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts Practice: Writing and Producing Games (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Production Management (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Production Management (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Screenwriting Lab in Patmos, Greece (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: The Business of Directing (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: The Business of Directing (VM420)
Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Videogame Writing and Producing (VM420)
Topics Visual and Media Arts: Practice: Production Design: Craft and Practice in the Art Department (VM420)
Topics VMA Pracitice: Research and Creative Production in Virtual and Augmented Reality Public Art (VM420)

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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