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Kathleen Rooney's Book and Review

Kathleen Rooney's (MFA '05) review of late Emerson professor Bill Knott appears in the New York Times Book Review. She also published a new book, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, in January 2017.


Shooting Creek

Scott Sander's Book

Shooting Creek and Other Stories came out this month from Down & Out Books Publishing Company.

Scott Loring Sanders is also the author of two novels and has had work included and/or noted in Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Essays. He teaches at WLP and Lesley University.


Remembering Bill Knott

March 30th, 2017 6pm at The Bill Bordy Theater

A tribute to Bill Knott, who taught at Emerson for twenty-five years, by remembering his life and work.  Thomas Lux, who edited I Am Flying Into Myself: The Selected Poems of Bill Knott, wrote: “Bill was a blunt force sur- realist, a tender lyric poet and an innovative metrician.(1940 - 2016)

Hosted by Peter Shippy and John Skoyles.The speakers include: William Corbett, Stephen Dobyns, Denise Duhamel, Robert Fanning, Emily Kendal, Frey Jack Gantos, Leigh Jajuga, Janaka Stucky.

A write up in the Boston Globe: New England Literary News


Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich MFA'10 is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which will be published in May 2017 by Flatiron Books (Macmillan) and also is part of this month's WLP Faculty/Alumni Reading Series on March 22nd at 6pm. See WLP Events page for more information.


Megan Marshall is out on the road promoting her new book: Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast. Please check out our Facebook page for updates,articles and reviews!

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Benoit Denizet-Lewis

DENIZET-LEWIS's latest New York Times Magazine piece, a profile of Zerka Moreno is part of the annual Lives They Lived issue, in which the magazine writes about some of those who died this past year. Moreno passed away at 99 after a remarkable life of trying to change the world (and raise her kids) by using her usual form of therapy.

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Brionne Janae

BRIONNE JANAE's (MFA '01) first book of poems, After Jubilee, will be published by BOATT Press in Winter 2017.

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Asako Serizawa

ASAKO SERIZAWA's (MFA '01) will receive a 2016 Rona Jaffe Writer’s award, given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers.

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Bridgit Brown

BRIDGIT BROWN's (MFA '98) poem "Blue Hill Avenue" was accepted into the Mayor's Poetry Program. Brown's poem will be on display on the walls at Boston City Hall beginning this month, and she will read her work at City Hall on Wednesday, April 20 at noon.

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Jaweed Kaleem

JAWEED KALEEM (BA ’07) was recently appointed the National Race & Justice Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

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Xujun EberleinCurrent MFA XUJUN EBERLEIN has an essay on poetry translation in Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Brionne Janae
Three recent MFA alums were named winners of the 2016 Emerging Artist Grants awarded by The Saint Botolph Club Foundation: BRIONNE JANAE (MFA Poetry ’15), CAITLIN MCGILL (MFA Nonfiction ’15), and AARON KROL (MFA Poetry ’13).