Each spring, the English Department at Franklin & Marshall College hosts its annual Emerging Writers Festival, dedicated to championing the work of writers early in their careers. Since its inception in 2002, the Festival has been a collaborative effort between students and faculty, bringing people together across the campus community and beyond for readings, workshops, and the opportunity to mix, formally and informally, with some of the country’s most exciting new literary talents. Over the years, we have helped to launch the careers of more than seventy writers, and more than twice that number of students have served on our organizing committees. Generously supported by Edna Hausman P'85 and Richard D. Hausman '50, P'85, the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, and the Office of the Provost, the Emerging Writers Festival is a marquee event in F&M’s literary year.

EWF 2016 
  • 2016 Emerging Writers Festival

2016 Emerging Writers

  • Kerry Howley

Kerry Howley 

Kerry Howley’s essays, stories and
reportage have appeared in The Paris 
Harper’sNew York Magazine
NewYorker.com,  GrantaThe New York
Times Magazine
Gulf Coast, and
frequently in BookforumThrown, her
book-length essay, was a New York Times
Notable Book of 2014 and is forthcoming in
German, British, Dutch, French, and
Swedish editions. Howley is an assistant
professor at the University of Iowa, where
she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing

Website:  kerryhowley.com

  • Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage
of the Sable Venus 
(Knopf, 2015), the 2015
National Book Award Winner for Poetry. 
She is a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and
Visual Studies at the University of
Southern California. Lewis is also a Cave
Canem fellow and a fellow of the Los
Angeles Institute for the Humanities. She
received her BA from Hampshire College,
her MFA in poetry from NYU, and an MTS
in Sanskrit and comparative religious
literature from the Divinity School at
Harvard University. A finalist for the Rita
Dove Poetry Award, she has published her
work in various journals and anthologies,
including The Massachusetts Review,
Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian
Review, Transition: Women in Literary
Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, 
and Lambda
Literary Review, 
among others. 

  • Julia Pierpont

Julia Pierpont

Julia Pierpont is the author of the debut
novel Among the Ten Thousand Things 
(Random House). She is a graduate of
NYU's MFA program, where she was a
Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She works
at The New Yorker and her criticism has
appeared in The New York Times Book
. She teaches writing for the
Catapult/Electric Literature workshop
series. She lives in Brooklyn.

Website:  www.juliapierpont.com

  • Suzanne Scanlon

Suzanne Scanlon

Suzanne Scanlon is the author of two 
novels, Promising Young Women and Her
37th Year, An Index
. Her fiction has
appeared in publications including The
Iowa Review, Hobart, DIAGRAM, Electric
Literature's Recommended Reading,
MAKE, BOMB Magazine
, and has recently
been anthologized in A Kind of Compass,
Stories on Distance
, edited by Belinda
McKeon and in The & NOW Awards 3, The
Best Innovative Writing, Volume 3
, from
Northwestern University Press. Her
nonfiction has appeared in Essay Daily,
Bust, The American Scholar
, and The
, the latter receiving a Critical Hit
Award from Electric Literature. She writes
about theater for Time Out Chicago and
the Chicago Reader.​

Website:  www.suzannescanlon.com



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  • Phillip Williams

Phillip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois
native. He is the author of the book of
poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James
Books, 2016). He's also co-authored a book
of poems and conversations called Prime
(Sibling Rivalry Press). He is a Cave Canem
graduate and received scholarships from
Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013
Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has
appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, The
Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Southern 
Review, West Branch
 and others. Phillip
received his MFA in Writing from the
Washington University in St. Louis. He is
the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyland the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow
in Poetry at Emory University. 

Emerging Writers Festival 2016 Schedule of Events

READINGS will be held in the Green Room Theatre on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 pm.  

Wednesday, April 6 
Kerry Howley
Phillip B. Williams
Suzanne Scanlon

Thursday, April 7 
Julia Pierpont
Robin Coste Lewis

Immediately after the READINGS, a   reception will be hosted at the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House.

CRAFT TALKS will be held in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House throughout the day on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8.  

Thursday, April 7
10:00 am - Suzanne Scanlon
1:00 pm - Phillip B. Williams
2:30 pm - Kerry Howley

Friday, April 8
10:00 am - Robin Coste Lewis
11:15 am - Julia Pierpont

There will be a PANEL DISCUSSION with all writers on Friday, April 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House.

After the PANEL DISCUSSION, the Emerging Writers Festival will wrap up with the fun and festivities of the BYE BYE BBQ.


All events are free and open to the public.

 Emerging Writers Festival Alumni

EWF 1 / 2002 

Steven Raleigh Byler, Fiction

Meghan Daum, Nonfiction

Julie Otsuka, Fiction

Christine Perrin, Poetry

Joe Wenderoth, Poetry

EWF 2 / 2003

Brock Clarke, Fiction

Miranda Field, Poetry

Major Jackson, Poetry

Sebastian Matthews, Nonfiction

Susan Steinberg, Fiction

EWF 3 / 2004

Jeffery Renard Allen, Fiction

Erin Belieu, Poetry

Ted Genoways, Poetry

Peter Orner, Fiction

Vendela Vida, Nonfiction

EWF 4 / 2005

Samina Ali, Fiction

Gabe Hudson, Fiction

Brad Land, Nonfiction

Sabrina Orah Mark, Poetry

Jon Pineda, Poetry

EWF 5 / 2006

Catherine Barnett, Poetry

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Poetry

Alix Ohlin, Fiction

Lewis Robinson, Fiction

Sean Wilsey, Nonfiction

EWF 6 / 2007

Cynthia Cruz, Poetry

Lauren Groff, Fiction

Amaud Johnson, Poetry     

 Jay Kirk, Nonfiction

Kevin Moffett, Fiction

EWF 7 / 2008

Remica Bingham, Poetry

Rachel DeWoskin, Nonfiction

Ilya Kaminsky, Poetry

Emily Rapp, Nonfiction

Jess Row, Fiction

EWF 8 / 2009

Jaed Coffin, Nonfiction

K.A. Hays, Poetry

Shane McCrae, Poetry

Dash Shaw, Graphic Fiction

Laura van den Berg, Fiction

EWF 9 / 2010

Jericho Brown, Poetry

Beth Bachmann, Poetry

Elna Baker, Nonfiction

Lydia Peelle, Fiction

Philipp Meyer, Fiction

EWF 10 / 2011

Elyse Fenton, Poetry

Alex Taylor, Fiction

Grace Krilanovich, Fiction

Jason Fagone, Nonfiction

Henry Wolfe, Songwriting

 EWF 11/2012

Rebecca Makkai, Fiction

Christine Hemp, Poetry

Jamaal May, Poetry

Megan Mayhew Bergman, Fiction

Anna Moench, Playwriting

EWF 12 / 2013

Jeffrey Pethybridge, Poetry

Louise Krug, Nonfiction

Paul Bogard, Nonfiction

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Fiction

 Caitlin Horrocks, Fiction 



EWF 13 / 2014

Claire Vaye Watkins, Fiction

Christopher Merkner, Fiction

Amy Leach, Nonfiction

Greg Wrenn, Poetry

Caryl Pagel, Poetry

EWF 14 / 2015

Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Fiction

Ansel Elkins, Poetry

Sampson Starkweather, Poetry

Kristin Dombek, Nonfiction

Chisa Hutchinson, Playwriting 


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