The Emerging Writers Festival at Franklin & Marshall College is a three-day celebration of the work of 5 talented and promising younger American writers. 2012 marks the eleventh year of the Festival, which is generously supported by Richard and Edna Hausman, parents of a Franklin & Marshall graduate and great supporters of the arts at the College. Unless otherwise noted all events take place at the Writers House
• 8:00pm Opening Night Reading featuring Rebecca
Makkai and Jamaal May at the Green Room Theatre
• 9:30pm Opening Night Reception
• 10:00am Craft Workshop with Anna Moench
• 12:45pm Craft Workshop with Jamaal May
• 4:30pm Craft Workshop with Rebecca Makkai
• 8:00pm Second Night Reading featuring Megan
Mayhew Bergman, Christine Hemp and Anna Moench
at the Green Room Theatre
• 9:30pm Second Night Reception
• 10:00am Craft Workshop with Megan Mayhew Bergman
• 11:15am Craft Workshop with Christine Hemp
• 12:30pm Panel Discussion with the Emerging Writers
• 2:00pm Bye-bye Barbecue
2012 Emerging Writers
Megan Mayhew Bergman was raised in North Carolina and now lives on a small farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont with her family. Her first collection of short stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was published in March 2012.
Christine Hemp has been called a “poetry adventurer.” She has aired her poems on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, she has sent a poem of hers into space on a NASA mission, and her program Connecting Chord, which unites cops and youth offenders through poetry, was called a “milestone event” by the London, U.K. Chief of Police.
Rebecca Makkai is a Chicago-based writer whose first novel, The Borrower, is a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection and one of Chicago Magazine’s choices for best fiction of 2011. London’s Daily Mail called it an “astonishingly assured novel.”
Jamaal May is a Cave Canem Fellow, Callaloo Fellow and graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA for writers. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth and editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series.
Anna Moench’s plays include Hunger, In Quietness, Great Eastern, and The Pillow Book. Other productions of her work have been seen at the Old Vic, The Flea, Dance Theater Workshop, and Dixon Place.