Department of Writing, Literature, & Publishing

Reading Series

Steve Yarbrough and Philip Levine

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine (right) with Professor Steve Yarbrough at the WLP Reading Series Q&A on November 4, 2014. (Photo by Lauren Feeney '15)

Writing, Literature, and Publishing Reading Series

The Writing, Literature and Publishing Department hosts two reading series, the WLP Reading Series and the Faculty/Alumni Reading Series. Both are free and open to the public.

The WLP Reading Series brings the best writers from around the nation and around the world to Emerson College—thus bringing the wider world of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction directly onto campus for students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding Boston community. While on campus, writers meet with students, visit classes, discuss craft with students, and read from their latest work.

The Faculty/Alumni Reading Series highlights the accomplishments of our distinguished faculty and alumni through joint readings held during the academic year. Each reading invites one faculty member and one alumni to share their published work and engage with both the Emerson and greater Boston communities.

Ploughshares Guest Editor Readings

Ploughshares is an award-winning literary magazine and publisher of new writing based at Emerson College in Boston, MA. The magazine was founded in 1971 and two out of three issues per year are guest edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles. To celebrate the launch of each issue, guest editors visit campus to read from their work and discuss their editing process, craft, and more. Visit pshares.org for more information.

2014-2015 Readings

Senior Writer-in-Residence Richard Hoffman and Anthony D'Aries, BFA '04

Faculty/Alumni Reading Series
December 2, 2014
Reading and Q&A at 4:30 pm | CoLab Room, Iwasaki Library, Walker Building, 3rd Floor, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Richard Hoffman is author of Love & Fury, his newest memoir, Half the House: a Memoir, the poetry collections Without Paradise and Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2009 New England Poetry Club Sheila Motton Book Award, and Emblem, as well as the short story collection Interference & Other Stories. His work, both verse and prose, has appeared in Agni, Ascent, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, Poetry, Witness, and other magazines. He has been awarded a number of fellowships and prizes, including two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships in fiction, The Literary Review's Charles Angoff Prize for the essay, and a Boston Foundation Brother Thomas Fellowship Award.
 
Anthony D'Aries is the author of The Language of Men: A Memoir, winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Awards and named ForeWord Magazine's Memoir of the Year. His essays have appeared in Solstice, The Good Men Project, Shelf Awareness, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. For the past six years, he has taught literacy and creative writing in correctional facilities. He was recently  appointed to the board of PEN/New England as a member of the Freedom-to-Write Committee and is currently the nonfiction fellow at The Writers' Room of Boston and an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at Regis College.


Adjunct Professor Alden Jones and Joanna Luloff, MFA '01

Faculty/Alumni Reading Series
November 5, 2014
Reading and Q&A at 6:30 pm | White Room, Iwasaki Library, Walker Building, 3rd Floor, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Alden Jones teaches creative fiction and nonfiction at Emerson College. Jones has received extensive praise for her book The Blind Masseuse, which won the Independent Publishers Book Award in Travel Essays, the IndieFab Book of the Year in Travel Essays, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spievogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her story collection Unaccompanied Minors won the 2013 New American Fiction Prize.

Joanna Luloff earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. A writer of short stories, Luloff’s work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Memorious, and New South. Her first collection of short stories, The Beach at Galle Road, was published in 2012.


Assistant Professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis and Gregg Shapiro, BFA '83

Faculty/Alumni Reading Series
September 24, 2014
Reading and Q&A at 4:30 pm | Charles Beard Room, Little Building, 2nd Floor, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a contributor to the New York Times Magazine and has written for a variety of publications. His latest book, Travels with Casey, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

Gregg Shapiro is a freelance reporter and author. He has written for the Bay Area Reporter and GoPride.com, among others. His new collection of short stories is entitled Lincoln Avenue.


Jeffrey Renard Allen

WLP Reading Series
October 21, 2014
Q&A at 4:00 pm | Charles Beard Room, Little Building, 2nd Floor, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Reading at 6:00 pm | Bill Bordy Theater, UBank Building, 216 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Jeffrey Renard Allen is an accomplished novelist, essayist, and poet. His many accolades include the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize. The New York Times hailed his latest novel, Song of the Shank, as an "imaginative work only a prodigiously gifted risk-taker could produce." Allen is currently an Associate Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York.


Save the dates:

Roxanne Gay

WLP Reading Series
March 19, 2015

Richard Blanco

WLP Reading Series
February 3, 2015

2013-2014 Readings

Alice McDermott

WLP Reading Series
April 16, 2014
Q&A at 4pm | Charles Beard Room, Little Building, 2nd Floor, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Reading and Book Signing at 6pm | Bill Bordy Auditorium, 216 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing and the WLP Reading Series will feature award-winning author Alice McDermott. There will be a Q&A with McDermott at 4pm and a reading of her work at 6pm.

Alice McDermott is the author of six novels. She has won numerous awards, including the National Book Award and the American Book Award. McDermott has also been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. McDermott currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University. Her latest novel is entitled Someone.

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Update, January 2014: Alice McDermott has been named a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her reading on March 12 has been rescheduled for April 16 due to the Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the New School in New York on March 13.
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Jean Thompson

Ploughshares Guest Editor Visit
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Craft Talk at 4pm |
Charles Beard Room
Reading and Book Signing at 6pm | Charles Beard Room, Little Building, 2nd Floor, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

On April 3rd, Thompson will be delivering a craft talk at 4:00pm, which will be followed by her reading at 6:00pm. Copies of her books will be available for signing.

Jean Thompson is the author of six novels, including The Humanity Project (Penguin, forthcoming April 2014), and The Year We Left Home (Simon & Schuster, 2011). She is also the author of five short story collections—notably Who Do You Love, a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. The New York Times’ Helen Shulman calls The Humanity Project “...ambitious and ... captivating... luscious and evocative...Thompson is a writer attuned to the callousness of 21st-century society, its comedic elements, its misguided efforts to right itself, its often tragic results.”


Andrew Ladd, MFA ’10

Book Launch and Reading
January 23, 2014
Reading and Book Signing at 6pm
| Charles Beard Room, Little Building, 2nd Floor, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Ploughshares hosts a reading and book launch party for Blog Editor and Emerson MFA Alum (2010), Andrew Ladd to celebrate the publication of his debut novel, What Ends, winner of the AWP Award Series for the Novel and was published on January 20, 2014 by New Issues Press.

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Hilton Als reading at the ParamountHilton Als

WLP Reading Series
December 5, 2013

Q&A at 4pm | Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center
Reading & Book Signing at 6pm | Black Box Theatre, Paramount Center

The Emerson Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing and the WLP Reading Series featured the accomplished writer Hilton Als. Series director Steve Yarbrough moderated a Q&A with Als, who later read “I Am the Happiness of This World” from White Girls.

Hilton Als is an essayist and theatre critic for The New Yorker. He has also written for The Village Voice, Vibe, and The Nation. His work has garnered multiple awards, including the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Writing. Als has taught at Smith College, Wesleyan University, and Yale. His latest book is entitled White Girls (McSweeney's, 2013).

Update, January 2014: Hilton Als has been named a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.


Philip Levine

WLP Reading Series
November 4, 2013
Q&A at 4pm
| Charles Beard Room, Little Building
Reading & Book Signing at 6pm | Bill Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont St.

The Emerson Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing and the WLP Reading Series featured the prolific poet Philip Levine. Series director Steve Yarbrough moderated a Q&A with Levine for students and faculty, and later Levine read his work before the public.

“Philip Levine, by virtue of having won two National Book Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award, is arguably our most important living poet,” said Professor Steve Yarbrough while introducing Levine. “As Poet Laureate of the United States, he did much to communicate his passion for the art of poetry. He is, quite simply, a national treasure.”

Levine has published more than 20 collections of poetry and is widely known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Simple Truth and collections Ashes: Poems New and Old and What Work Is.

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Peter Ho Davies

Ploughshares Guest Editor Visit
October 10, 2013
Craft Talk at 4pm
Social for Emerson Community at 5pm

Reading and Book Signing at 6pm

Ploughshares hosted Peter Ho Davies, author and guest editor of the Fall 2013 issue. Before students and faculty, Davies gave a craft talk focusing on strategies for structuring short story collections and then read his work, which was introduced by literary agent and Ploughshares board member, Janet Silver. Between events, Peter Ho Davies, Ploughshares editors and staff, faculty, and students gathered for a happy hour at local Sweetwater Tavern.

Peter Ho Davies is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and the short story collections The Ugliest House in the World, and Equal Love. His work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Independent, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Awards. He was recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts.

Peter Ho Davies

Peter Ho Davies with (from left to right) Janet Silver, Ladette Randolph (Ploughshares Editor-in-Chief and MFA fiction faculty), and Margot Livesey (Ploughshares Fiction Editor and MFA fiction faculty).

2012-2013 Readings

Major Jackson

Ploughshares and WLP Reading Series
March 6, 2013
Reading and Book Signing at 8pm
| Bill Bordy Theater

Ploughshares and the Emerson Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing Reading Series featured prize-winning poet Major Jackson.

Major Jackson was the guest editor of the Spring 2013 issue of Ploughshares. He is a poet, professor, and author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company and Hoops, both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry, and Leaving Saturn, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.


Photo Credit: Robert BessoirJulie Otsuka

WLP Reading Series and Ploughshares
February 7, 2013
Q&A at 4pm
Reading and Book Signing at 8pm

The Emerson Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing Reading Series and Ploughshares featured acclaimed novelist Julie Otsuka. Otsuka spoke with students at a moderated Q&A and read her work before the public.

Julie Otsuka is the author of the novels When the Emperor Was Devine and The Buddha in the Attic. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Asian American Literary Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The Buddha in the Attic was also a finalist for the National Book Award.


Tobias WolffTobias Wolff

WLP Reading Series and Ploughshares
November 19, 2012
Q&A at 4pm
Reading and Book Signing at 8pm

The Emerson Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing Reading Series and Ploughshares featured celebrated writer Tobias Wolff. He spoke with the Emerson community in a standing-room-only Q&A, dined with selected students and faculty, and read his work before the public later in the evening.

Tobias Wolff is the author of the novels The Barracks Thief and Old School; the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army; and four collections of short stories. He is a faculty member at Stanford University and has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.


Adam Zagajewski

WLP Reading Series and Ploughshares
November 15, 2012
Q&A at 4pm
Reading and Book Signing at 8pm

The Emerson Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing Reading Series and Ploughshares featured Adam Zagajewski, one of the leading “New Wave” writers in Poland. Zagajewski spoke with the Emerson community in a moderated Q&A, dined with selected students and faculty, and read his work later in the evening.

Adam Zagajewski is Poland’s foremost living poet and widely read essayist. He has won many prestigious awards, including the Neustandt International Prize for Literature and is a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. His most recent collection of poems is The Unseen Hand.


Patricia Hampl - Photo Credit: GoldsteinPatricia Hampl

Ploughshares and WLP Reading Series
October 4, 2012
Q&A at 4pm
Reading and Book Signing at 8pm

Ploughshares and the WLP Reading Series featured celebrated memoirist Patricia Hampl. She spoke with students and faculty in a Q&A moderated by Ploughshares editor-in-chief Ladette Randolph. Later, she read from her introduction the all-essay issue of Ploughshares and shared new work. The event was broadcasted on livestream.

Patricia Hampl’s essays, travel pieces, fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, The New York Times, Best American Essays, and Best American Short Stories. Her memoirs The Florist’s Daughter and A Romantic Education, in addition to I Could Tell You Stories, a collection of essays on memory and imagination, have established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing in the past 25 years. She is a Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

2011-2012 Readings

Carl Phillips

WLP Reading Series
April 11, 2012
Reading at 6pm

Carl Phillips is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Double Shadow and Speak Low, both finalists for the National Book Award. Other honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize and awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was named Chancellor in 2007.


Nick Flynn

Ploughshares Guest Editor Visit
April 4, 2012
Q&A at 4pm
Reading and Book Signing at 6pm

Ploughshares hosted Nick Flynn, poet, memoirist, and guest editor of the Spring 2012 issue. Flynn answered questions from students and faculty in a Q&A moderated by MFA professor and Ploughshares poetry editor John Skoyles. Later in the evening, he read from his introduction to the Spring 2012 issue, poems new and familiar, and new work from his forthcoming memoir, The Reenactments, about the making of Being Flynn, a film based on his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.

Nick Flynn is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, Blind Huber, and Some Ether; a play; and two celebrated memoirs, including The Ticking is the Bomb. He has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults in Boston. His poetry, nonfiction, and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, NPR’s This American Life, and elsewhere.


The Art of Translation

WLP Reading Series
March 21, 2012

Co-hosted by WLP faculty Maria Koundoura and Yu-jin Chang, speakers included Chaucer scholar Sheila Fisher, Norton Critical Edition translator of Dante’s Inferno Michael Palma, and Outstanding Translation Award from the American Literary Translator’s Association-recipient Peter Filkins.


WLP Faculty Reading: Margot Livesey, Gail Mazur, Pablo Medina

WLP Reading Series
February 22, 2012

Margot Livesey is the author of a short story collection and seven novels, most recently The Flight of Gemma Hardy. She has taught in numerous writing programs and has received grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Gail Mazur is the author of six books of poems. Her fifth collection, Zeppo’s First Wife won a Massachusetts Book Award and was finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Patterson Poetry Prize. Her most recent collection is Figures in a Landscape.

Pablo Medina is the author of thirteen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation. He has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, and the Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund.


Good Prose by Tracy Kidder and Richard ToddTracy Kidder and Richard Todd

WLP Reading Series
February 8, 2012

Introduced and moderated by MFA Professor Doug Whynott, celebrated literary journalist Tracy Kidder and his editor of over 30 years, Richard Todd, discussed their writer-editor relationship; Good Prose, their forthcoming co-written book on the craft of literary nonfiction; and Kidder’s writing.

Tracy Kidder is the author of nine books of nonfiction including Strength in What Remains, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Home Town, House, Among Schoolchildren, and The Soul of a New Machine, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award in 1992. His essays have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, including The New Yorker, Granta, and The New York Times Book Review.

Richard Todd was executive editor of Atlantic Monthly and edited his own imprint at Houghton Mifflin.


WLP Faculty: DeWitt Henry, Richard Hoffman, Murray Schwartz

WLP Reading Series
November 30, 2011

Emerson WLP faculty read from their work.

DeWitt Henry is the author of two memoirs—Sweet Dreams: A Family History and Safe Suicide—and of The Marriage of Anna Maye Potts, winner of the Peter Yaylor Prize for the Novel. As founding editor of Ploughshares he won a Massachusetts Commonwealth Award in 1992.

Richard Hoffman is the author of Half the House: A Memoir and the poetry collections Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Matton Award from the New England Poetry Club, and his latest, Emblem. He currently serves as Chair of PEN New England.

Murray Schwartz is a Shakespeare specialist with interests in literary theory, psychoanalysis, and Holocaust studies. He co-edited Representing Shakespeare: New Psychoanalytic Essays, and has also published Memory and Desire: Aging, Literature, and Psychoanalysis; A Thematic Introduction to Shakespeare, Where is Literature?, and Know Thyself: Delphi Seminars.


Ploughshares 40th Anniversary Celebration

November 14, 2011
Paramount Theatre

On November 14th, Ploughshares editors, staff, honored guests, Emerson WLP students and faculty, and a few hundred fans of literature gathered to celebrate the history of the magazine and its place in literary Boston.

Denis Leary ’79, the evening’s host, began by reflecting on the influence of James Randall as a mentor while he studied at Emerson; editor and MFA professor John Skoyles read some of Leary’s early poetry. Readers shared some of the work Ploughshares is most proud to have published: Wally Lamb read from Raymond Carver’s “A Small Good Thing,” Sue Miller read from Alice Munro’s “Characters,” Andre Dubus III read his father’s “Rose,” chef Ming Tsai read three poems about food by Kevin Young, and Emerson President Lee Pelton the late Richard Yates’s “A Compassionate Love.” Alice Hoffman, guest editor of the Winter 2011-12 issue of Ploughshares read Grace Paley, and additional readings followed by Cam Neely and novelist and Boston Noir editor Dennis Lehane.

Ploughshares 40th Event Guests

Special Guests of the Ploughshares 40th Anniversary Event. Top row, left to right: Alice Hoffman, Emerson President M. Lee Pelton, John Skoyles, Denis Leary '79, Cam Neely, Dennis Lehane. Front row, left to right: Pamela Painter, Ming Tsai, Andre Dubus III, Karen Allen, and Ladette Randolph.


Martha Serpas

WLP Reading Series
November 2, 2011
Reading and Book Signing, 6pm

Martha Serpas is the author of two collections of poetry, Côte Blanche and The Dirty Side of the Storm. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Southeast Review, and Image. She recently taught at Yale Divinity School and at the University of Tampa, where she served as the editor of Tampa Review. A native of south Louisiana, she remains active in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. She currently works as a trauma chaplain and teaches at the University of Houston.


Bernice McFadden

WLP Reading Series
October 12, 2011
Reading and Book Signing, 6pm

Bernice McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels, including The Warmest December, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Loving Donovan, winner of the 2004 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Fiction Honor Award; and Sugar. Her most recent novel, Glorious, received the BCALA Literary Award in fiction.


DeWitt Henry and Ploughshares 40th Anniversary

September 30, 2011
Talk and Readings, 5pm to 7pm
  |  Charles Beard Room

Ploughshares co-founding editor and Emerson Writing, Literature and Publishing Professor DeWitt Henry (and guest editor of the Fall 2011 issue) led a celebration of the magazine and its history, with readings and talks by friends and colleagues.

2010-2011 Readings

Colm Tóbín

Ploughshares Guest Editor Visit
April 7, 2011
Q&A, Reading, and Book Signing

Ploughshares hosted Spring 2011 guest editor Colm Tóbín, who answered student questions at a Q&A moderated by Christopher Castellani, novelist and creative director at Grub Street, a creative writing center located next door to Emerson. Following the Q&A, Tóbín read from his work.

Colm Tóbín is the author of six novels, and most recently a collection of short stories entitled The Empty Family and a collection of essays on Henry James called All a Novelist Needs. He is the recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Dublin IMPAC Prize, the LA Times Novel of the Year, and more.



Terrance Hayes

Ploughshares Guest Editor Visit
December 2, 2010
Q&A at 4pm
Reading and Book Signing at 6pm

Ploughshares and Emerson hosted Terrance Hayes, newly-named National Book Award Winner and guest editor for the Winter 2010-011 issue of Ploughshares, for an open Q&A moderated by WLP Professor Kim McLarin and a reading of his work.

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, which received the National Book Award in 2010; Wind in a Box; Hip Logic, which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award; and Muscular Music, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. About his work, Cornelius Eady has said: "First you'll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you'll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world."


Claudia Emerson

WLP Reading Series
November 3, 2010
Reading and Book Signing

Claudia Emerson is a contributing editor to Shenandoah and has published four books of poetry, including Late Wife, which received the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Her most recent collection is Figure Studies. She teaches English at the University of Mary Washington. During her time at Emerson, she visited classes, read from both published and in-progress work about the controversy over plagues of uranium that are affecting her hometown, and offered advice to student writers.


David Shields

WLP Reading Series
October 13, 2010

David Shields a fiction-writer-turned-essayist, is the author of fifteen books, including New York Times bestseller The Thing About Life is that One Day You’ll Be Dead; Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His most recent book is Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, in which he argues that Americans live in a completely “mediated, artificial, simulated culture…[which] renders us somewhat numb and bored” and was named one of the best books of 2010. After the reading, Shields encouraged the audience—students and faculty alike—to challenge his claims.


Jim Shepard

Ploughshares Guest Editor Visit
October 12, 2010
Q&A, Reading, and Book Signing

Guest editor for the Fall 2010 issue of Ploughshares, Jim Shepard read for Emerson students, faculty, and staff.

The author of six novels and two short story collections, Shepard’s collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, won the Story Prize in 2008 and was nominated for a National Book Award in 2007. Words used to describe Shepard’s work most often include: strange, bizarre, and just plain weird. He has a natural gift for exploring the abnormal, giving his work a distinctive edginess that compels many readers.


Steve YarbroughProfessor 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.

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Jennifer CrystalCurrent 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.

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Thomas McBeeWLP 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."

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Ladette RandolphLadette Randolph's new memoir Leaving the Pink House was featured on Oprah.com as a suggested memoir. Randolph teaches in WLP and is Editor-in-Chief of Ploughshares literary magazine.

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Greg NicholsGreg 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.

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Marko TameraLecturer 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.

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Megan MarshallRecent 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).

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Megan MarshallWLP Professor Megan Marshall and the emersonWRITES program participate in the launch and unveiling of Boston as the country's first Literary Cultural District.

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Michelle Bailat JonesMichelle 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.

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