Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty
Professor González's teaching interests include Latin American fiction and non-fiction, the literatures of the Caribbean and feminist writing. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for teaching at Emerson College. She has published widely on the topic of the Latin American novel since the 1960s, and of Cuban literature and the arts.
Her publications include a monograph on the Chilean José Donoso, an interdisciplinary work on Afro-Cuban women in literature and the arts, and, in collaboration with Rosamond Rosenmeier, a translation of the Cuban poet Excilia Saldaña.
Her books are José Donoso's House of Fiction: A Dramatic Construction of Time and Place (Wayne State UP, 1995), In the Vortex of the Cyclone: Selected Poems by Excilia Saldana (UP of Florida, 2002), and Guarding Cultural Memory: Afro-Cuban Women in Literature and the Arts (U of Virginia P, 2006) . She has also published non-fiction in The Americas Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review and anthologized in RE-Membering Cuba (U of Texas P, 2002).
In 1997-1998 she was a Fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University and has been an affiliate of the David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies at Harvard University and of the greater Boston Latino Consortium. Professor González has taught at Dartmouth College, Middlebury College and The University of Chicago. She is currently at work on a series of essays on contemporary Cuban literature and the arts.
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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.