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 & 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.
2016 Emerging Writers
Kerry Howley’s essays, stories and reportage have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, New York Magazine, NewYorker.com, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, Gulf Coast, and frequently in Bookforum. Thrown, 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 Program.
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 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 Review. She teaches writing for the Catapult/Electric Literature workshop series. She lives in Brooklyn.
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 Millions, the latter receiving a Critical Hit Award from Electric Literature. She writes about theater for Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Reader.
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 Vinyl and the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.
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The 14th annual Emerging Writers Festival, a three-day literary event that brings five rising guest writers to campus, begins Wednesday, April 15. The featured writers are Kristin Dombek, Ansel...Read More