Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Abby Travis writes nonfiction with interests in animal behavior and training, ethics, communication, and philosophy. Her essays and reviews have been published by Crab Orchard Review as a finalist for the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Powell's Books Review-a-Day, the Ploughshares blog, The Rectangle, and her work has been recognized by the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.
She is at work on a book of combined memoir and literary journalism about the subculture of training horses for competition and the ethical and philosophical implications of expectations, ambition, and miscommunication.
Abby teaches composition and research writing in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, and directs the Annual First-Year Writing Program Showcase of Student Work. She also serves Emerson as Arts Operations Assistant for the School of the Arts and teaches creative writing through emersonWRITES and emersonPATHWAYS, a free creative writing and college-access program for Boston Public High School students.
Prior to her role in the School of the Arts, she spent four years as Editorial Assistant for Ploughshares, where she remains as senior reader. She continues to assist in curating the Breakwater Reading Series, Boston's inter-MFA program showcase. Other experience includes working with Grub Street, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and the Loft Literary Center.
Office: Ansin 10th Fl.
Awards & Honors
Spirit of Emerson Award
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.