Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
B.A. State University of New York, Albany
M.A. Boston University
Jessica Treadway's novel Lacy Eye will be published in the U.S. by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette in spring 2015. The novel will also be published in the UK and Australia, and translation rights have been bought by publishers in six countries. Treadway, who holds a Master's in creative writing, is author of Please Come Back To Me, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (September 2010). Her previous books are the novel And Give You Peace (Graywolf Press, 2001) and the collection Absent Without Leave and Other Stories (Delphinium Books/Simon & Schuster, 1992). A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Treadway has published individual stories in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, Shenandoah, and Five Points, among other journals, and her work has been cited multiple times in The Best American Short Stories annual anthology.
Treadway has written numerous book reviews and essays for The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune. She is a former reporter for United Press International and a former fellow at Radcliffe's Bunting Institute. Additionally, Treadway has served as a member of the Board of Directors of PEN-New England and as co-chair of its Freedom to Write committee.
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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.