MFA Alumnae Books
Graduates of Emerson’s MFA program are award-winning writers and poets who publish novels, story and poetry collections, memoirs, and critical essays. Their work is featured in a variety of popular and literary magazines.
Many balance their writing pursuits with complementary positions in the worlds of publishing and education. Some have gone on to establish their own literary journals and many teach in colleges and universities around the country.
Selected Works by Emerson MFA Alumnae
- Laurie Edwards, MFA Nonfiction (2006), is the author of Life Disrupted (2008) and The Kingdom of the Sick (2013). She teaches writing at Northeastern University.
- Josh Pahigian, MFA Nonfiction (2001), is the author of The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip (2012) and 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out (2010). He teaches undergraduate writing at the University of New England.
- Eric Wasserman, MFA Fiction (2002), is the author of a collection of short stories, The Temporary Life (2005) and a novel, Celluloid Strangers (2011). His fiction has won the David Dornstein Memorial Creative Writing Contest and the Červená Barva Press Fiction Chapbook Prize.
- Olen Steinhauer, MFA Fiction (1999) has published eight espionage novels. His book Nearest Exit (2010) won the Hammett Prize for best literary crime novel. He also wrote Liberation Movements (2006), a finalist for the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year.
- Kathleen Rooney, MFA Nonfiction (2005), is the author of six books of non-fiction and poetry. Her first poetry collection, Oneiromance (an epithalamion) (2008), which won the 2007 Gatewood Prize. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at DePaul University.
- Jessie Janeshek, MFA Poetry (2005) published her first book of poems, Invisible Mink, in 2010. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College.
- Kate Racculia, MFA Fiction (2005), is the author of This Must Be the Place (2010) and currently teaches fiction workshops at Grub Street.
- Kim Ablon Whitney, MFA Fiction (2003), is the author of three novels for young adults: The Other Half of Life (2009), The Perfect Distance (2005), and See You Down The Road (2004). Her first novel was recognized by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults.