Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Ben Brooks is the author of the novel, The Icebox, and has published over 75 short stories in literary journals, including Sewanee Review, Chicago Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Story Quarterly, American Short Fiction, The Notre Dame Review, Epoch, The Chicago Tribune, The Mississippi Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Seattle Review, Writers' Forum, Crab Orchard Review, The Florida Review, among others.
His short stories have received numerous awards, most notably an O. Henry Prize for "A Postal Creed" and a Nelson Algren Award for "Reptiles Take Over the World". He has also received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Massacusetts Artists Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and elsewhere. In addition to his fiction, he is the author of numerous published essays on art, history, building design, and travel.
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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.