Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Part Time Faculty (2006)
B.A. University of Michigan
M.F.A. Emerson College
Jon Irwin's journalism and essays have appeared in Down East, Transitions Abroad, LUMINA, Alimentum, GamePro, and Billboard magazine, among other fine publications. He won PEN& New England's Discovery Award for Nonfiction in Fall 2009. Since 2011 he's been a contributing writer for Kill Screen, an arts and culture company the New Yorker called "the McSweeney's of interactive media." And his first book will be published by Boss Fight Books in Summer 2014.
Irwin's courses include Reading (and Writing Culture), about the creation of modern-day myth and its rhetorical purposes, and The Games People Play, where students examine today's gaming culture as a way to understand and analyze community interaction. He also teaches composition and literature at Bunker Hill Community College.
In 1999, he was recognized for Superior Achievement in Writing from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). He worked with Joyce Maynard as a researcher for her 2006 book Internal Combustion, and helped Daniel Asa Rose re-launch the international literary journal The Reading Room later that spring. In Winter 2008, his essay "Arguing Against the Propagation of Our Species, in Three Parts" was a finalist in LUMINA's Creative Nonfiction contest.
Irwin currently writes about the electronic games industry for various websites and print publications. He also has a forever-in-progress memoir on his time in France as a male au pair, and a sad, forgotten blog about food.
Office: Ansin 10th Fl.
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 of fiction or nonfiction exploring the experience of serious illness and includes a $10,000 prize as well as publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions.