Instructor Bios

All emersonWRITES faculty are MFA candidates at Emerson College and are trained to teach in Emerson’s First Year Writing Program. Our faculty are practicing writers and devoted teachers.

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  • Marcy Braidman

    Marcy Braidman has lived in Massachusetts since 1991, but if you ask her, she'll still tell you that she's from California. She enjoys writing short fiction and blog posts often, writes e-mails only when she has to, and never writes tweets. She is aware that she can sometimes be a little dramatic and a little wordy, but she is easily amused and always ready for a good joke or a trip to the ocean. One day, she plans to have a cabin in the woods, a whole book of her short fiction published, and a huge dog.

  • Jamie Burke

    Jamie Burke

    Jamie Burke graduated from Emerson College in 2014 with an MFA in Fiction. Her writing has been published in Toasted Cheese, Pachinko!, Postcard Shorts, and BURN Magazine, and her story “7-11″ was a finalist in the 2013 Lascaux Flash Contest. By day, Jamie works as a copywriter, and by night she can usually be found wherever there is ice cream. She has a cat and hopes she will soon fulfill her lifelong dream to appear as a contestant on The Price is Right.

  • Mimi Cook

    Miriam (Mimi) Cook

    Mimi (Miriam) Cook hails from the rainy hills of Portland, Oregon and is here in Boston as a second-year MFA student at Emerson. Mimi writes short stories, novels, a food blog, the occasional play, and press releases and tweets for her job with Ploughshares Literary Magazine. When Mimi isn’t writing or tweeting, she practices karate and tackles cooking challenges. A life-long theater lover, Mimi is super excited to be teaching scriptwriting with emersonWRITES.
  • Johnette Ellis

    Johnette Marie Ellis

    Johnette Marie Ellis is a native Bostonian who found her way back home after several bouts in New York City. As a second year MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Johnette is looking for new strategies to foster change and movement in order to nurture a mission driven path. With a 10-year career in the non-profit sector, serving primarily as a community builder and advocate for the redistribution of power and access through programs and policy, she now has her sights set on harnessing the power and influence of creativity as an educator and poet. Cooking and daydreams of a home garden help keep Johnette sane, along with great music and good laughs.

  • Joshua Jackson

    Joshua Jackson

    Joshua Jackson is a second-year M.F.A. candidate in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. A lifelong lover of language and words and artistic expression in general, he loves to create without confines. He also works as a student caller for Emerson College Phonathon and a stage door supervisor for Emerson’s magnificent Majestic Cutler Theater. In the fall, he will be the poetry editor for Words Apart, a literary magazine started by two Emersonians and graduates of the M.F.A. program. He loves social justice, listening to music, singing and dancing. He aspires to be as cool as Ntozake Shange and Audre Lorde. When he’s not jamming to Beyonce, Rihanna, or Janet, he just loves to hang out with his friends and roommates.
  • Jenn Keogh

    Jenn Keogh

    Jenn Keogh is a Poetry MFA student at Emerson, and was recently published in Emerson’s 48 Review. She loves writing because it scares her, challenges her, and gives her butterflies—a feeling she hopes to pass on to anyone afraid to take “the leap”. She is a reader for Redivider, a summer intern at Mass Poetry, a waitress, and a seller of the clothes she shamelessly loves to wear at American Eagle. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, pen collector, friend of the ghost of Emily Bronte, and yogini. A Rhode Island native, she loves nothing more than a hot cup of New England clam chowder on a 90 degree day and iced coffee in December.

  • Caitlin McGill

    Caitlin McGill

    Caitlin McGill is a writing instructor in the First-Year Writing Program at Emerson College, where she is also an MFA candidate in nonfiction. Her students, whose passion and talent constantly remind her of the power of language and the value of writing and the arts, fuel her writing. She's also a Ploughshares reader, WriteBoston tutor, and writing specialist at Educational Advocates College Consulting Corp. She’s at work on a project about history’s affect on the present, and how her family’s stories of immigration, war, and the lingering effects of both collide with the present—how all of these aspects of the past collide with her own story. She is the 2014 winner of the Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in 48, Crab Orchard Review, The Cypress Dome, Prairie Margins, Solstice, Sphere International, and Spry Literary Journal.
  • Jordan Pailthorpe

    Jordan Pailthorpe

    Jordan Pailthorpe is a third year MFA candidate in poetry at Emerson College. His poetic work is driven by games and game culture and has appeared in places such as the new video game inspired literary journal Cartridge Lit. His interests in procedural rhetoric inform his work within the First-Year Writing Program, where he teaches writing and rhetoric to Emerson undergraduates. He co-founded Level257, a multimodal student journal on games and play, and works at the Emerson Engagement Lab as a game designer and project coordinator.
  • Sarah Sassone

    Sarah Sassone

    Sarah Sassone is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing Fiction at Emerson College. Like other proud New Yorkers, she loves bagels, the New York Rangers, good pizza, and yoga. Sarah writes both short and long works of fiction and believes that the art of writing is in revision, which she hopes inspires her peers to take revision seriously. When she is not writing, Sarah likes to read quirky novels, watch How I Met Your Mother, go to the movies, and sing with the Backstreet Boys at karaoke clubs around Boston.
  • Kayleigh Shoen

    Kayleigh Shoen is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing, Fiction at Emerson College, where she also teaches in the First-Year Writing Program and co-curates the Graduate Reading Series. A lover of all things “communications,” she has worked in the advertising, journalism, film, and corporate communications fields. When she is not on campus, Kayleigh can be found trying new restaurants and pursuing her never-ending quest for the perfect cupcake.