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Emerging Writers Festival

2014 Emerging Writers Festival, April 9-11

The Emerging Writers Festival at Franklin & Marshall College is a three-day celebration of the work of talented and promising younger American writers. Each year, the Festival brings five fine younger writers to campus all at once for three days, giving them opportunities to mix often and informally with students and with one another.

The Emerging Writers Festival is generously supported by Richard and Edna Hausman, parents of a Franklin & Marshall graduate and tireless and generous supporters of the arts at the College.

  • About the Writers

  • amy leach
  • Amy Leach
  • Amy Leach is the author of Things That Are, published by Milkweed Editions.  She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and her work has appeared in Best American Essays, A Public Space, Orion, and The Gettysburg Review, among other journals.  She has been recognized with the Whiting Writers' Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award.  She lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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  • Christopher Merkner
  • Christopher Merkner is the author of the story collection THE RISE & FALL OF THE SCANDAMERICAN DOMESTIC (Coffee House Press). His stories have been in Best American Mystery StoriesBlack Warrior ReviewChicago Tribune: Printers Row JournalCincinnati ReviewCutBankGettysburg ReviewGulf CoastFairy Tale Review, New World WritingThe Collagist, and elsewhere. He teaches for and co-directs the creative writing program at West Chester University. 

  • caryl pagel
  • Caryl Pagel
  • Caryl Pagel is the author of two books of poetry, Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death (Factory Hollow Press, 2012), and Twice Told (H_NG M_N Books, 2014). She has taught writing and literature courses at The University of Iowa, Columbia College Chicago, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Carthage College. Her essays have appeared in AGNI,Devil’s LakeJacket2The Mississippi Review, and Thermos. Caryl is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat.

  • claire vaye watkins
  • Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Claire Vaye Watkins' short story collection, Battleborn, won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, The New York Times and many others. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno and the MFA program at the Ohio State University, Claire currently teaches at Princeton.

  • greg wrenn
  • Greg Wrenn
  • Greg Wrenn was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1979.  He is the author of Centaur (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) and Off the Fire Road (GreenTower Press, 2008).  He has received the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and a Stegner Fellowship as well as awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in  The Best American Poetry 2014New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere.  Currently he is at work on a second full-length collection, Homeworld, and a series of essays that meditate on climate change, artistic vision, and the impermanence of beauty.  He currently teaches at Stanford University.

2014 EWF Schedule


7:30pm Opening Night Reading featuring Greg Wrenn, Christopher Merkner and Amy Leach at the Green Room Theatre


10:00am Craft Talk with Christopher Merkner at the Writers House

3:30pm Craft Talk with Greg Wrenn at the Writers House

4:30pm Craft Talk with Amy Leach at the Writers House

7:30pm Second Night Reading featuring Claire Vaye Watkins and Caryl Pagel at the Green Room Theatre


10:00am Craft Talk with Caryl Pagel at the Writers House

11:00am Craft Talk with Claire Vaye Watkins at the Writers House

1:00pm Panel Discussion featuring our 2014 Emerging Writers at the Writers House