Celebrating our 20th Emerging Writers Festival
April 13-15, 2022
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. Generously supported by Edna Hausman P'85 and Richard D. Hausman '50, P'85 and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, the Emerging Writers Festival is a marquee event in F&M’s literary year.
2022 Emerging Writers
Krys Malcolm Belc
Krys Malcolm Belc is the author of the memoir The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood (Counterpoint) and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit (The Cupboard Pamphlet). His essays have been featured in Granta, The Rumpus, and other publications, and his writing has been anthologized in Best of the Net 2018, Wigleaf Top 50, and The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction (Rose Metal Press). Krys lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their three young children and works as an educator in a pediatric oncology clinic.
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Marianne Chan grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, and Lansing, Michigan. She is the author of All Heathens (Sarabande Books, 2020), which was the winner of the 2021 GLCA New Writers Award and the 2021 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, AGNI, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.
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Melissa Crowe is the author of Dear Terror, Dear Splendor (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019), and her work has appeared in Four Way Review, New England Review, Poetry Northwest, and Thrush, among other journals. She was awarded the 2021 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and she coordinates the MFA program at UNCW, where she teaches poetry and publishing.
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Julián Delgado Lopera
Julián Delgado Lopera is the author of The New York Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical (Feminist Press 2020), the Winner of the 2021 Ferro Grumley Award and a 2021 Lambda Literary award; a finalist of the 2020 Kirkus Prize in Fiction and the 2021 Aspen Literary Prize. Julián is also the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute 2017) an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. They are the former executive director of RADAR Productions, a queer literary non-profit in San Francisco. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Julián currently resides in San Francisco.
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Larissa Pham is an artist and writer in Brooklyn. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Nation, Granta, the Paris Review Daily, The Believer, and elsewhere. She was an inaugural Yi Dae Up fellow at the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She is the author of Fantasian, a novella, and the essay collection Pop Song.
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