Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
A.B. Amherst College
M.A. Harvard University
Ph.D. Harvard University
DeWitt Henry is the author of Sweet Dreams: A Family History and Safe Suicide, a memoir in linked essays, and of The Marriage of Anna Maye Potts (winner of the inaugural Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel) as well as the editor of anthologies, including Breaking Into Print, Sorrow's Company: Writers on Loss and Grief, Fathering Daughters: Reflections by Men (with James Alan McPherson), Other Sides of Silence: New Fiction from Ploughshares, and The Ploughshares Reader: New Fiction for the 80's (winner of the Editor's Book Award).
The Founding Editor of Ploughshares, and for the first twenty years its Executive Director (for which he won a Massachusetts Commonwealth Award in 1992), he also served as Interim Director/Editor-in-Chief for fifteen months prior to the appointment of the new Director/Editor-in-Chief in the fall of 2008; and most recently served as guest editor of the 40th Anniversary fall edition of Ploughshares.
Office: Ansin 1010
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 10-11:30
Current CoursesShakespearean Comedy (LI372)
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.