Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

Meet Pablo Medina

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.”

To learn more about the MFA in Creative Writing, visit Graduate Admissions, email or call 617-824-8610.



APR '14

Megan MarshallThe WLP Department and MFA Program extend congratulations to Associate Professor Megan Marshall, who has won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for the biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg, MFA alumni and part-time WLP faculty, has been recognized by The American Academy of Arts and Letters for her collection of short stories, The Isle of Youth. She received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, given to a “young writer of considerable talent for work published in 2013,” and a prize of $10,000.

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MAR ’14

Bill Knott, teachingBill Knott, poet and professor at Emerson for over 25 years, passed away on March 12, 2014 from complications with surgery. Here, John Skoyles, Associate Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, remembers Bill.
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Michelle Bailat-Jones has 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.It is awarded by the Center for Fiction in New York.
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JAN ’14

Kirsten ChenJanuary 2014 brings the publication and early acclaim for three debut novels by Emerson MFA alumni: Kirsten Chen (Fiction, 2009), James Scott (Fiction, 2007), and Andrew Ladd (Fiction, 2010).
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DEC ’13

Alexandria Marzono-LesnevichAlexandria 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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The WLP Department and the MFA Program extend congratulations to Matt Rasmussen (Poetry, 2003) for the outstanding success of his debut poetry collection: National Book Award Finalist, Walt Whitman Award and Pushcart Prize.
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NOV '13

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson (Nonfiction, 2014) is the winner of Glamour magazine nonfiction essay contest for writing about her service in the military and Afghanistan. Lauren received $5000, publication in the November 2013 issue of Glamour, and a meeting with a literary agent in New York. Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Jane Smiley was a judge.
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