WLP Reading Series

Student Reading Series

GRS Readers

MFA Students at the Graduate Reading Series

Especially for MFA students, the opportunity to read their work in public settings is absolutely necessary. Participating in and attending reading series at Emerson and in the local community provides students with the chance to meet and form lasting connections with other writers at Emerson, around Boston, and beyond.

Graduate Reading Series

Graduate Student Curators

MFA student Zaynah Qutubuddin reading her work.

The Emerson College Graduate Reading Series (fondly known as “The GRS”) provides a platform for graduate students from every academic discipline at Emerson to present their creative work before an audience of peers. The series is co-organized by two WLP graduate students and is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. A sign-up is posted at the beginning of each semester, and all graduate students studying creative writing and publishing are encouraged to read at least once during their time at Emerson. Readings are held on six Fridays per semester at 7pm on Emerson’s campus. Food and refreshments are always provided.

2014-2015 Graduate Student Coordinators
Kayleigh Shoen & Zyanya Dickey
emerson.grs@gmail.com


Breakwater Reading Series

Breakwater at the Brookline Booksmith

The Breakwater Reading Series is Boston's inter-MFA program showcase, featuring student writers from Boston University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Six fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, established by the Graduate Writing Department at UMass-Boston and curated by graduate students and alumni from each participating MFA program. Readings are held at the Brookline Booksmith, one of Boston's most wonderful independent bookstores, at 7pm on the third Friday of every month from September through June. The event is always free and open to the public and regularly draws an audience of 60+ attendees from across the Boston community.

2014-2015 Emerson Breakwater Director
Miriam Cook
breakwater.reading@gmail.com

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Other Reading Series

Emerson students have also beein invited to present their work at a number of other public reading series around Boston. Some of those popular series include:

U35 PoetryU35 Poetry

U35 is a bi-monthly public reading series in Boston for poets under the age of thirty-five, conceived as a space for greater community as well as diversity of voice and vision. In 2010, U35 was selected by The Boston Globe as one of 2010's Best Events Series. The series is directed by Daniel Evans Pritchard (of Boston Review and The Critical Flame) and meets in May, July, September, November, and March at The Marliave. The series is free and open to the public.

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Mr. Hip PresentsMr. Hip Presents

Mr. Hip Presents is one of Boston’s most engaging and interactive monthly reading series. Each event incorporates poetry, spoken word, and live jazz music hosted at handpicked local galleries, specializing in visual and mixed media art. The series brings together on the same stage both emerging and established writers from all across New England, and guests have included Dara Wier, Frank Bidart, Pablo Medina, Gail Mazur, Richard Hoffman, Janaka Stucky, Brian Foley, Derek JG Williams, and many more. Creator and host Mr. Hip (Donald Vincent, MFA Poetry, '13) encourages the use of social media throughout the event to bring the excitement of the activities to a wider scope as well as to promote conversation between the performers and the audience.

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2x2 Reading Series2x2 Reading Series

2x2 is 2 poets, 2 essayists, reading/writing on a theme. The series is held regularly at Lorem Ipsum Books in Inman Square, Cambridge.

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MFA News Highlights

Sara Novic BFA Alum and Girl at War author Sara Novic talks to The Guardian about what it's like to be a deaf novelist.

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Brionne Thompson Congratulations to our Graduate Award Winners: Brionne Thompson (Best Thesis), Stephen Shane (WLP Thesis Award), Mary Nolan (Outstanding Publishing Project and Bookbuilders), Mireidys Garcia (Bookbuilders) Madison Bakalar (Fiction), Caitlin McGill (Nonfiction and President's Award), and Cheryl Buchanan (Poetry).


Asako Serizawa Asako Serizawa (MFA '01) is the recipient of a fiction writing fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.


Senior Lecturer Mary Kovaleski Senior Lecturer Mary Kovaleski is the recipient of the inaugural Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation, presented by the Alumni Association to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in innovation by engaging students in active learning in and out of the classroom.


Christina Pugh Poet Christina Pugh (MFA '00) was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Fulbright ScholarshipSarah Chaves (BFA '11) was awarded a Fulbright 2015-2016 Grant. Chaves will spend one year, fully-funded, in Portugal working on her memoir.

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The Wilderness of RuinRoxane Gay visited campus on March 19 for a question-and-answer session with students followed by a reading of some of her essays. Both events are part of the Writing, Literature & Publishing Reading Series.

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The Wilderness of RuinMFA '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 and the Great Fire of 1872.

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All the Old KnivesMFA '99 Olen Steinhauer's new book, All the Old Knives was recently reviewed by The New York Times.


Lacy EyeProfessor 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.

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Columbian ArtistsA group of nine young, emerging artists from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín recently presented their artwork at Emerson College Los Angeles and are visiting Emerson College in Boston this month.

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Stephen ShaneCreative Writing MFA Stephen Shane (2015) and his colleague David Knight created a short documentary on Boston busing called Desegregated, Yet Unequal, and it was recently named an Editors' Pick by The Atlantic.

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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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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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