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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  • Sally Burnette

    Sally Burnette

    Sally Burnette is a second-year MFA candidate in Poetry at Emerson. She does proofreading and writes for an Irish blog no one reads. Her poetry has been published in Stolen Island, Clockwise Cat, Bop Dead City, the Outrider Review, Sein und Werden, The Great American Poetry Show, and other journals. She currently lives in Brookline and Harlem and spends most of her free time stuck on some form of public transportation.

  • Elena Cabrera

    Elena Cabrera

    Elena Cabrera is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing Fiction at Emerson, where she also teaches in the First-Year Writing Program. Elena enjoys writing both short and long works of fiction. She has previously worked in publishing, specifically reading and editing romance novels for mass-market publication. Elena is originally from the North Shore of Massachusetts but lived in both Minnesota and Connecticut for periods of time and is happy to be living, studying, and teaching in her home state once again.

  • Samantha Facciolo

    Samantha Facciolo

    Samantha Facciolo is a second-year Fiction student in the MFA program at Emerson College. Before coming to Emerson, she taught in Montessori schools for six years. She has also tutored students of all ages, most recently through the Writing Center at English High School. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha can often be found doing something active. She works with special needs students and veterans through an equine therapy program, coaches Special Olympics basketball and track teams, and has twice run the Boston Marathon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She can't wait to meet all the emersonWRITES participants and get to know them and their work!
  • 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.

  • Oscar Mancinas

    Oscar Mancinas

    Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, Oscar Mancinas moved to Maine for college when he was 18 and still too young to know any better. He is entering his second year at Emerson, pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing with a fiction concentration. Writing and literature have been big parts of his life ever since he learned how to read. Within the last six years, he has gained a deep appreciation for writers (and readers) who operate successfully in more than one language, across several borders.
  • Beauna Roach

    Breauna L. Roach

    Breauna L. Roach is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Emerson College and a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Association’s Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in the Detroit Institute of Art, Little Patuxent Review, and various other publications. She seeks to communicate across time and cultural barriers in her poems, and often focuses on the blending of the personal with the universal. Breauna is a native of Detroit and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and Callaloo. She is a practicing yogini and has a tortoise named Sinbad. She will gladly show you pictures of him eating veggies upon request.
  • Kayleigh Shoen

    Kayleigh Shoen

    Kayleigh Shoen is a third-year MFA candidate in Fiction at Emerson College. This is her second year with emersonWRITES, and she also teaches at Emerson in the First-Year Writing Program. Kayleigh has been writing fiction since first grade and had her first short story published when she was in high school. When she is not on campus, Kayleigh can be found trying new restaurants and pursuing her never-ending quest for the perfect cupcake.
  • Cassie TItle

    Cassie Title

    Cassie Title is a second-year MFA candidate in Fiction Writing at Emerson College, where she's a reader for Redivider. She's originally from the bustling metropolis that is Springfield, New Jersey, but has pretty much spent her adult life in Boston. Cassie's written for Interview magazine, recapped a TV show about vampires for an MTV blog, served in AmeriCorps at a non-profit that used kickball and recess to improve low-income schools, written potentially quirky blog posts about the outdoors for an app company, and perfected the art of making cappuccino foam as a barista. Two of her biggest passions are writing and youth development, so she's super excited to be a part of emersonWRITES. When she's not writing about herself in the third person, she attempts to intelligently analyze un-intelligent television shows, spend hours at bookstores, catch as much live music as possible, and search for the best latte/ice cream/noodle dish in all the land.

Emersonwrites Schedule 2016-2017

  • October 15, 22, 29 
  • November 5, 12, 19
  • December 3, 10, 17
  • January 14, 21, 28
  • February 4, 11, 18
  • Final Showcase Sunday, February 26