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.

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2016 Emerging Writers

  • Kerry Howley

Kerry Howley 

Kerry Howley’s essays, stories and reportage have appeared in The Paris ReviewHarper’sNew York MagazineNewYorker.com,  GrantaThe New York Times MagazineGulf 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 Program.  

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 Review. 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 Millions, 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 Vinyl and the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University. 

 Emerging Writers Festival Alumni

EWF 1 / 2002 

Steven Raleigh Byler, Fiction
www.stephenbyler.net

Meghan Daum, Nonfiction
www.meghandaum.com

Julie Otsuka, Fiction
www.julieotsuka.com

Christine Perrin, Poetry

Joe Wenderoth, Poetry

EWF 2 / 2003

Brock Clarke, Fiction
brockclarke.com

Miranda Field, Poetry
www.mirandafield.com

Major Jackson, Poetry

Sebastian Matthews, Nonfiction

Susan Steinberg, Fiction

EWF 3 / 2004

Jeffery Renard Allen, Fiction
 www.jefferyrenardallen.com

Erin Belieu, Poetry

Ted Genoways, Poetry
tedgenoways.com

Peter Orner, Fiction
www.peterorner.net

Vendela Vida, Nonfiction

EWF 4 / 2005

Samina Ali, Fiction

Gabe Hudson, Fiction
gabehudson.com

Brad Land, Nonfiction

Sabrina Orah Mark, Poetry

Jon Pineda, Poetry
www.jonpineda.com

EWF 5 / 2006

Catherine Barnett, Poetry

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Poetry

Alix Ohlin, Fiction
www.alixohlin.com

Lewis Robinson, Fiction
www.lewisrobinson.com

Sean Wilsey, Nonfiction

EWF 6 / 2007

Cynthia Cruz, Poetry
www.cynthiacruzblog.blogspot.com

Lauren Groff, Fiction
www.laurengroff.com

Amaud Johnson, Poetry     

 Jay Kirk, Nonfiction

Kevin Moffett, Fiction
www.kevinmoffett.org

EWF 7 / 2008

Remica Bingham, Poetry
www.remicalbingham.com

Rachel DeWoskin, Nonfiction
www.racheldewoskin.com

Ilya Kaminsky, Poetry
www.ilyakaminsky.com

Emily Rapp, Nonfiction

Jess Row, Fiction
www.jessrow.com

EWF 8 / 2009

Jaed Coffin, Nonfiction

K.A. Hays, Poetry

Shane McCrae, Poetry

Dash Shaw, Graphic Fiction
www.dashshaw.com

Laura van den Berg, Fiction
www.lauravandenberg.com

EWF 9 / 2010

Jericho Brown, Poetry
www.jerichobrown.com

Beth Bachmann, Poetry
www.bethbachmann.com

Elna Baker, Nonfiction
elnabaker.com

Lydia Peelle, Fiction

Philipp Meyer, Fiction
philippmeyer.net

EWF 10 / 2011

Elyse Fenton, Poetry
elysefenton.com

Alex Taylor, Fiction

Grace Krilanovich, Fiction

Jason Fagone, Nonfiction
www.jasonfagone.com

Henry Wolfe, Songwriting
www.henrywolfe.com

 EWF 11/2012

Rebecca Makkai, Fiction
www.rebeccamakkai.com

Christine Hemp, Poetry
www.christinehemp.com

Jamaal May, Poetry
www.jamaalmay.com

Megan Mayhew Bergman, Fiction
www.mayhewbergman.com

Anna Moench, Playwriting
www.annamoench.com

EWF 12 / 2013

Jeffrey Pethybridge, Poetry
www.jeffreypethybridge.net

Louise Krug, Nonfiction
www.louise-krug.com

Paul Bogard, Nonfiction
www.paul-bogard.com

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Fiction
www.azareenvandervlietoloomi.com

 Caitlin Horrocks, Fiction 
www.caitlinhorrocks.com

 

 

EWF 13 / 2014

Claire Vaye Watkins, Fiction
www.clairevayewatkins.com

Christopher Merkner, Fiction
www.christophermerkner.com

Amy Leach, Nonfiction

Greg Wrenn, Poetry
www.gregwrenn.com

Caryl Pagel, Poetry

EWF 14 / 2015

Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Fiction
 www.arnabontempshemenway.com

Ansel Elkins, Poetry
www.anselelkins.net

Sampson Starkweather, Poetry

Kristin Dombek, Nonfiction

Chisa Hutchinson, Playwriting 
www.chisahutchinson.com

 

News and Events

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