Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Meet Pablo Medina
Pablo Medina, Graduate Program Director of the MFA in Creative Writing
Pablo Medina is the author of fourteen books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translation, among them the novel Cubop City Blues (Grove, 2012; paper, 2013), the poetry collection The Man Who Wrote on Water (Hanging Loose, 2011), and, with Mark Statman, a translation of García Lorca’s Poet in New York (Grove, 2009). Medina’s work has appeared in several languages, among them Spanish, French, German, and Arabic, and in periodicals and magazines throughout the world. Winner of numerous awards, among them grants from the Rockefeller and Oscar B. Cintas foundations, the state arts councils of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the NEA, the Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund, and others, Medina was a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry in 2012.
What do you hope to accomplish as the Graduate Director of the MFA program?
“We are now in the process of internationalizing the MFA program, opening it to concerns and issues that are global in reach, by having students engage in translation, foreign language study, and a semester abroad program. In addition, we will be establishing a community service option that will allow students to work and teach writing in the community.”
What unique opportunities can Emerson's MFA program provide for graduate students?
“There are a number of benefits that Emerson's MFA program offers students. We are located in Boston, one of the great literary cities of the Americas, both North and South. This city eats, drinks, and breathes writing. We have a distinguished faculty, all of whom are nationally recognized writers as well as proven teachers and mentors.”
Recent MFA alum Cheryl Buchanan ('15) compiled and edited the book Writers Without, a collection featuring the writing of clients at Boston's St. Francis House day shelter.
Roseanne Montillo's (MFA '98) latest book about track star Betty Robinson is optioned by DreamWorks.
Asako Serizawa (MFA '01) is the recipient of a fiction writing fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
Poet Christina Pugh (MFA '00) was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Matt Rasmussen (MFA '03) won the Theodore H. Holmes and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize.
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.
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.
MFA Stephen Shane (Nonfiction, 2015) and his colleague David Knight created a short documentary on Boston busing called Desegregated, Yet Unequal, and it was named an Editors' Pick by The Atlantic.
MFA Jennifer Crystal (Nonfiction, 2014) signed a book deal with Belfort & Bastion for her memoir Et Voilà: One Traveler's Journey from Foreigner to Francophile.
Megan Marshall won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for the biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.
Laura van den Berg, MFA ('08) received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for her collection of short stories, The Isle of Youth.
Bill Knott, poet and professor at Emerson for over 25 years, passed away on March 12, 2014 from complications with surgery, John Skoyles, Associate Chair of WLP remembers Bill in the piece below.
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Michelle Bailat-Jones (MFA '05) won the inaugural Christopher Doheny Award for her novel Fog Island Mountains. The award recognizes a book-length work of fiction or nonfiction exploring the experience of serious illness.
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Three fiction alumni released debut novels in January 2014: Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirsten Chen (MFA '09), The Kept by James Scott (MFA '07), and What Ends by Andrew Ladd (MFA '10).
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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Nonfiction, 2009) wins a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and receives a Notable Essay selection in Best American Essays 2013.
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Matt Rasmussen's (MFA '03) debut poetry collection Black Aperture was named a National Book Award Finalist and won a Walt Whitman Award and Pushcart Prize.
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Lauren Johnson (Nonfiction, 2014) is the winner of Glamour magazine nonfiction essay contest for writing about her military service in Afghanistan.
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