Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Daniela Kukrechtova received her Ph.D. in English with a specialization in modern and contemporary American poetry. Her research and teaching interests are in modern and contemporary American writing, with a particular interest in poetry.
Most of Kukrechtova's work focuses on poetry (especially modern American poetry of the city and its relation to urban planning and modernist discourses). She has been able to present her work in a number of different venues. Most recently, at the 2013 MMLA conference, Kukrechtova presented a project on the way Gwendolyn Brooks uses her urban characters' voices and actions in their everyday struggle against the discourse on urban decline. A scholarly article on which this presentation drew, "The Death and Life of the Mecca Building of Chicago: Gwendolyn Brooks' 'In the Mecca,'" was published in African American Review in 2009 and it received the 2011 Joe Weixlmann Award for best essay on 20th- and 21st- century literature.
Kukrechtova's current research and creative writing continue these interests, including work on Gwendolyn Brooks and Hart Crane, as well as on more contemporary writers, such as Seamus Heaney, and at a broader level connects with areas such as: poetry and place; African-American literature and culture (the Harlem Renaissance and the great migration); American women writers; multicultural literature.
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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.