Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Part Time Faculty (2012)
B.A. Saint Fidelis College
M.A. Saint Louis University
Don Lankiewicz is a consultant to publishers and publishing service providers in the United States and worldwide. A 30-year veteran of the industry, Don also advises venture capitalists and is active in various publishing, educational, and eLearning associations.
Don began his career in publishing at Merrill Publishing Company in Ohio, after teaching high school in Western Pennsylvania. Over his career he developed market-leading elementary and secondary school instructional materials for Merrill; Harcourt School Publishers in Orlando; Holt, Rinehart and Winston in Austin; and the Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston. During that time he held a variety of positions, including editor, editorial director, editor-in-chief, general manager, and publisher.
Prior to establishing his consulting business, Don held the position of Senior Vice President for Product Development at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a member of the company's Chief Publishing Office, which provided strategy and planning for developing digital and print preK-12 textbook, supplemental, assessment and technology learning products.
Office: Ansin 10th Fl.
Current CoursesTop in Writing and Publishing (PB694)
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.