Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Pablo Medina is the author of eleven books, among them the poetry collection Points of Balance/Puntos de apoyo (2005) and the novel The Cigar Roller, which was a Book Sense Notable for 2005.
In 2008, Medina and fellow poet Mark Statman published a new English version of García Lorca's Poet in New York, which John Ashbery called "the definitive version of Lorca's masterpiece." Acclaimed as "lyrical and powerfully evocative" and "deserving a prominent spot in today's literature of exile," Medina's work has appeared in various languages, among them Spanish, French, German, and Arabic and in periodicals and magazines all over the world. Winner of numerous awards for his writing and teaching, Medina was on the board of AWP from 2002-2007, serving as Board President in 2005-2006.
Office: Ansin 1005
Current CoursesTopics in Poetry (LI612)
- Pork Rind and Cuban Songs (poems), Nuclassics and Science.
- Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood (memoir), University of Texas Press.
- Everyone Will Have to Listen (translations, with C. Hospital), Linden Lane Press.
- Arching into the Afterlife (poems), Bilingual Review/Press.
- The Marks of Birth (novel), Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
- The Floating Island (poems), White Pine Press.
- The Return of Felix Nogara (novel), Persea Books.
- Puntos de apoyo (poems in Spanish), Editorial Betania.
- The Cigar Roller (novel), Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
- Points of Balance/Puntos de apoyo (poems), Four Way Books.
- Poet in New York/Poeta en Nueva York (translation, with Mark Statman), Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
- The Man Who Wrote on Water (poems), Hanging Loose Press.
- Cubop City Blues (novel), Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
- Calle Habana (poems and photographs, with Carlos Ord¢¤ez), PhotoStroud.
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.