Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Senior Writer-in-Residence (2007)
B.A. Hampshire College
M.F.A. Indiana University
Ph.D. Indiana University
William Orem writes in multiple genres. His stories and poems have been published in over 100 journals, including in The Princeton Arts Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and The New Formalist, and have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His first collection of stories, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award, previously given to Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford and Alice Munro. His second collection, Across the River, won the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize. His historical novel Killer of Crying Deer was published in September of 2010. Meanwhile his first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, has been honored three times as a finalist in national competitions including, most recently, the Neruda Prize.
Orem's play The Seabirds won the Manduzmar New Plays Award at Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo. Other plays of his have been performed in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, San Diego, Louisville and Boston, with a staged reading at Urban Stages in Manhattan. He has twice been nominated for the Heideman Award at Actors Theater of Louisville, and his plays have been published in BTM, Conclave and The Best 10-Minute Plays 2009. Locally, his work has been in the Boston Theater Marathon for the past three summers running.
Orem also works as a popular science journalist. He currently writes a blog for the Foundational Questions Institute, an MIT-based organization that funds research into mind-bending physics and cosmology.
Office: Ansin 1017B
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.