Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
William Donoghue is a specialist in the history and theory of the novel. His book, Enlightenment Fiction in England, France and America (UP Florida 2002), examines the relationship of the novel to aesthetics and philosophy in the eighteenth-century. He reviews books for The Scriblerian, has published articles on literary theory (SubStance), seventeenth-century poetry, Ben Jonson and the Marquis de Sade, and is currently writing a new book on the poetics of space in Mannerist art and literature.
His courses cover the British, American and French novel, narratology, literary theory and European modernism. He has published a translation of French poetry, Lead Blues (Guernica), by the award-winning Quebecois poet, Anne-Marie Alonzo, made a film, Amateurs, at the National Film Board of Canada, and published his own short fiction in TriQuarterly, Grain, and other journals in the United States and Canada.
Office: Ansin 1023
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.