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.”