Writing, Literature & Publishing
Faculty & Alumni Reading Series
2016-17 Faculty/Alumni Reading Series
Professor Doug Whynott and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (MFA '10)
Wednesday, March 22
Reading and Q&A at 6:00 pm | Charles Beard Room, Little Building, 2nd Floor, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Douglas Whynott has written five nonfiction books. The Sugar Season was selected as one of the best books of 2014 by the Boston Globe and won the GreenBook Festival Award for writing about the environment. His other books are Following the Bloom, a profile of a migratory beekeeper and the beekeeping industry; Giant Bluefin, an account of the tuna sherry on Cape Cod; A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time, a story of a boatyard in Maine owned by the acclaimed boat designer Joel White; and A Country Practice, a story about a mixed animal practice vet clinic in a small New Hampshire town. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar at Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Colombia. He has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, Writer’s Chronicle and other publications.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s first book The Fact of a Body is forthcoming from Flatiron Books. In 2014, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. She was twice a fellow at both MacDowell and yadoo. Marzano-Lesnevich also received fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts, as well as the Alice Hayes Fellowship for Social Justice Writing from the Ragdale Foundation, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Iowa Review, Oxford American, Los Angeles Review, The Rumpus and others. She currently teaches memoir writing at Grub Street and graduate public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Professor Jerald Walker and Caitlin McGill (MFA '15)
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Reading and Q&A at 4:00 pm | Charles Beard Room, Little Building, 2nd Floor, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Jerald Walker is the author of the memoir The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult (Beacon Press September 2016). Walker has published in magazines such as Creative Nonfiction, The Missouri Review, The Harvard Review, Mother Jones, The Iowa Review, and The Oxford American, and he has been widely anthologized, including four times in The Best American Essays. Walker is the author of Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, recipient of the 2011 PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award for Nonfiction and named a Best Memoir of the Year by Kirkus Reviews.
Caitlin McGill is a 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award winner and Bread Loaf Writers’ conference scholarship recipient. She was also the 2014 winner of the Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award. Her essays and flash fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Short, Fast, & Deadly, The Southeast Review and several other magazines. Currently, she is working on a memoir-in-essays in which she journeys to uncover her Jewish family’s hidden past and grapples with the cost of ignoring our histories. McGill was winner of the President's Award chosen by Emerson College President Lee Pelton (Spring 2015). Her essay, "Silent Interrogations," is listed as a Notable Essay in the forthcoming Best American Essays 2016.
Professor Gail Mazur and Rebecca Morgan Frank (MFA '03)
*Thursday, October 27, 2016
Reading and Q&A at 4:30 pm | Charles Beard Room, Little Building, 2nd Floor, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(*event rescheduled from September 20)
Gail Mazur's seventh collection, Forbidden City, was recently published by University of Chicago press in March,2016. In 2011, University of Chicago Press Chicago published Gail Mazur’s 6th collection of poetry, Figures in a Landscape. Her book, Zeppo’s First Wife: New & Selected Poems, (Chicago, 2005) was winner of the 2006 Massachusetts Book Award, a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. She is author of 4 earlier books of poetry, Nightfire, The Pose of Happiness, The Common, and They Can’t Take That Away from Me (University of Chicago Press, 2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001. Mazur has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and the Radcliffe Institute and is founder of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Harvard Square.
Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of two collections of poetry, The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon University Press 2016) and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon 2012), shortlisted for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her third collection, Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon in 2017-18. Her poems have appeared in such places as Ploughshares, New England Review, Harvard Review, The Missouri Review online, Guernica, 32 Poems, and Washington Square. She is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for her next manuscript-in-progress. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Memorious, Frank will be the Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet in Residence at Brandeis University in Fall 2016.