Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Part Time Faculty (1988)
B.A. Emerson College
M.F.A. University of Iowa
Peter Jay Shippy was educated at Northwestern University, Emerson College, and the University of Iowa. He is the author of Thieves' Latin (University of Iowa Press, 2003), Alphaville (BlazeVOX BOOKS, 2006), How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic (Rose Metal Press, 2007) and A Spell of Songs (Saturnalia Books, 2013).
Shippy is a recipient of a Gertrude Stein Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize and the Diagram Prize for the Essay. He has received fellowships in drama and poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 and 2013 his poetry was included in The Best American Poetry.
Shippy was born in Niagara Falls and raised on his family's apple farm. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Charlotte and their twin daughters Beatrix and Stella.
Office: Ansin 10th Fl.
Current CoursesTop: Autobiography (LI204)
Top: European Literature (LI204)
Top: Food as Metaphor (LI204)
Top: Graphic Literature (LI204)
Top: Post Modern Fairy Tales (LI204)
Top: Renaissance Drama (LI204)
Top: Major Minority Voices in Contemporary Literature (LI204)
Top: Myth, Literature, & Theory of Myth (LI204)
Top: Myth, Literature, & Theory of Myth (LI204)
Topics in Literature: European Literature (LI204)
Top: The Prose Poem (LI304)
Top: Making it Strange: Fictions of Effect (LI304)
Top: Poetry on Art (and Film, Music, Comics, etc.) (LI401)
Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (WR212)
Top: Noir Fiction (WR317)
Top: Short Prose Workshop (WR317)
Topics in Creative Writing: Writing Place and Distance: Art and Environment in the West of Ireland (WR317)
Advanced Seminar Workshop in Poetry (WR405)
Senior Lecturer Mary Kovaleski is the recipient of the inaugural Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation, presented by the Alumni Association to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in innovation by engaging students in active learning in and out of the classroom.
Poet Christina Pugh (MFA '00) was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Sarah Chaves (BFA '11) was awarded a Fulbright 2015-2016 Grant. Chaves will spend one year, fully-funded, in Portugal working on her memoir.
Roxane Gay visited campus on March 19 for a question-and-answer session with students followed by a reading of some of her essays. Both events are part of the Writing, Literature & Publishing Reading Series.
MFA '98 Roseanne Montillo's article about 14-year old serial killer Jesse Pomeroy appeared on CBS News Crimsider. Montillo's latest book The Wilderness of Ruin explores the hunt for the child killer during Boston's Gilded Age and the Great Fire of 1872.
MFA '99 Olen Steinhauer's new book, All the Old Knives was recently reviewed by The New York Times.
Professor Jessica Treadway is featured in the Boston Globe for her new novel “Lacy Eye.” In the Q&A with the Globe, Treadway discusses her writing habits, including writing drafts in longhand.
A group of nine young, emerging artists from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín recently presented their artwork at Emerson College Los Angeles and are visiting Emerson College in Boston this month.
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.
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.