Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Director and Editor-In-Chief of Ploughshares and Distinguished Publisher-in-Residence (2008)
B.A. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
M.A. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Ladette Randolph is the Director/Editor-in-chief of Ploughshares magazine. She is the author of four books, a memoir Leaving the Pink House (forthcoming Fall 2014), two novels: A Sandhills Ballad (a New York Times Editor's Choice book) and Haven's Wake, and the award-winning short story collection This is Not the Tropics, as well as the editor of two anthologies: The Big Empty and A Different Plain.
Before joining the staff at Emerson, she was executive editor and associate director at University of Nebraska Press, and prior to that served as managing editor of Prairie Schooner magazine. The recipient of four Nebraska Book Awards, she has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Virginia Faulkner Award, a Rona Jaffe grant, and has been reprinted in Best New American Voices. Her novel,A Sandhills Ballad, has been twice shortlisted for One Book One Nebraska.
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Current CoursesSeminar in Short Fiction (LI652)
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.