Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Assistant Professor (2003)
B.S. Northwestern University
Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a magazine writer and a New York Times bestselling author. He contributes primarily to The New York Times Magazine, where he began in 2002. He has published dozens of features and cover pieces for the magazine, immersing himself inside the lives of fraternity brothers, openly gay middle-schoolers, men on the "Down Low," young same-sex couples in Massachusetts, addicts trying to drink themselves to death, and gays trying to go straight.
The former editor-in-chief of the Boston-based Good Men Project, Benoit's writing has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Details, The Advocate, Slate, Salon, Spin, and many others. Benoit is a former staff writer at the San Francico Chronicle and senior writer at Boston Magazine.
Benoit is the author of three books published by Simon & Schuster. His most recent, Travels With Casey, was published in July 2014 and made the New York Times bestseller list its first week. The book was also named People Magazine's "Book of the Week" and Time Magazine's "Book Culture" pick. USA TODAY named Benoit its "hot summer author."
A graduate of Northwestern University, Benoit has taught magazine and nonfiction writing at Northeastern, Tufts, and The College of Wooster, where he served as the Merton M. Sealts Jr. Writer-in-Residence. He has been awarded fellowships by The MacDowell Colony and the Alicia Patterson Foundation and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The O'Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper 360, and NPR's Talk of the Nation and Here & Now.
In September 2014, The Advocate named Benoit one of the 50 "most influential" LGBT people in media.
Office: Ansin 303
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.