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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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Jamie BurkeJamie Burke is a graduate student at Emerson College, pursuing her MFA in Fiction. Her writing has been published in 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 by day 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.” Jamie cannot tell you what her shirt idea is because it is really good and she fears you will steal it. You’ll just have to see.




MimiCookMimi (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.




Amy FantAmy Fant is a poet and and teacher in Boston. Amy’s poems have been published in literary journals, including Caveat Lector, subscribe, andWords Apart. She is originally from South Carolina, where she discovered her love of writing before moving to Colorado to teach, and eventually landing in Boston. She also enjoys naps, traveling, and her cat, Professor Waffles.





JoelleJamesonJoelle Jameson moved to Boston four years ago to study poetry at Emerson College. While at Emerson, she co-curated the Graduate Reading Series and was a reader for Redivider: A Journal of New Literature and Art. She frequently writes theater reviews and sporadically hosts and produces High Volumes, an online poetry radio show that features interviews with writers, poems and stories read aloud, and music. She loves theater because of the storytelling risks, poetry because it doesn’t have to be certain, and Boston because it has an endless supply of good readings, good plays, and good restaurants.




Dymon LewisDymon Lewis is an MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at Emerson College. She’s a native New Yorker (born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx) who has finally found in a home in Greater Boston. She writes in a variety of forms and is working on her first novel. She also serves as the Fiction Editor of Redivider, Emerson College’s graduate literary journal of new literature and art. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s winning at trivia, analyzing films or exploring the city of Boston.




Jordan PailthorpeJordan Pailthorpe recently made the move to the Boston area from his hometown of Pawtucket, RI in order to pursue an MFA in Poetry. Currently a second year student, his work attempts to blur the lines between poetics, digital games, and interactivity through writing inside an electronic environment and bringing the form of the electronic environment onto the page. He is a co-founder of Level 257: a new digital magazine sponsored by the Emerson’s Engagement Game Lab on games and play. Outside of Emerson, he works as an instructional designer for Learning Games Network—a non-profit learning games studio spun out from the MIT-Game Lab—rides his vintage motorcycle, designs games, and spends plenty of downtime cuddling his two cats Virginia and Goku.






Sarah SassoneSarah 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.





CaitlinMcGillCaitlin McGill is a nonfiction writer with a serious addiction to dancing, dogs, and all things chocolate. Originally from Miami, FL she’s also a second-year MFA candidate at Emerson College, a reader for Ploughshares, and a writing tutor at The English High School in Jamaica Plain. She moved to Boston last year, though she can still almost always be found discovering Boston’s gems by way of bike. When she’s not writing or exploring the city, Caitlin loves to practice power yoga, travel, and check out live music.




AbbyTravisAbby Travis has been on the faculty of emersonWRITES for three years, and is a faculty member in Emerson College’s First-Year Writing Program. She also works as an editorial assistant at Ploughshares literary magazine and is a curator of the Breakwater Reading Series, Boston’s inter-MFA program showcase. An MFA candidate in nonfiction at Emerson, Abby is at work on a project about the cultural, historical, ethical, and philosophical connections between competitive sport-horse training and how life hinges on the ways we communicate and miscommunicate.