Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Gail Mazur is author of six books of poems. Her fifth collection, Zeppo's First Wife: New & Selected Poems (Chicago, 2005), won the 2006 Massachusetts Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. Mazur has authored four earlier books of poetry: Nightfire, The Pose of Happiness, The Common, and They Can't Take That Away from Me (University of Chicago Press), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001. Figures in a Landscape, Mazur's sixth book of poems, will be published in spring 2011 by University of Chicago Press.
Mazur is founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a weekly poetry reading series she ran for 29 years. Her poems have been widely anthologized, and she has given readings and lectures and taught at libraries and universities around the country, including at the graduate programs at University of Houston and University of California at Irvine.
Mazur was a fellow in poetry at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study from 2008-2009, a 1996-97 fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and the 2005 recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation's Distinguished Artist Award. An interview with Mazur about her work is online at The Atlantic and in the 2008 Provincetown Arts magazine. Mazur serves on the Writing Committee, the Board of Trustees, and the Summer Program Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
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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.