Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Tamera Marko specializes in multi-lingual, multi-media community literacy projects in the Americas (Spanish, Portuguese, Maya, Quechua, English). She channels her work as a historian of Latin America and her 14 years of teaching writing to combine genres of new media, composition and traditional historical memory to research and publish in "the approach and form called for by each project."
Marko's several academic and media publications and translations explore relationships between youth movements and nation-building projects in post-abolition and peace process contexts. Her work has also debuted in film festivals, theaters and cafés in Medellín, Rio de Janeiro, Durham, and Boston. While a Faculty Fellow at Duke University, Marko co-founded DukeEngage Colombia, which she still directs. In a collaboration between Emerson College, MIT, Duke University, and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín, this project is called "Medellín: la violencia is not the whole story..."
Her poetry, in a publication-ready collection entitled Coming to Consciousness: In Brazil my name is a fruit, explores the power and pitfalls of white privilege, gender, and interracial relations. Before academia, she worked as a journalist covering human rights in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States.
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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.