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.
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.