Celebrating our 21st Emerging Writers Festival

March 29-31, 2023


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.


2023 Emerging Writers

  • Featured Writer

Tyler Barton


Tyler Barton is an artist and author of Eternal Night at the Nature Museum (Sarabande, 2021) and The Quiet Part Loud (Split/Lip, 20219). His stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Subtropics, and have been twice selected as "Distinguished" by Best American Short Stories. Tyler lives in the high peaks of upstate New York where he works for the Adirondack Center for Writing and teaches workshops to the incarcerated elderly at Adirondack Correctional Facility. With Erin Dorney, he co-curates the ongoing literary arts installation, "The Hidden Museum," now on view at Susquehanna Museum of Art.

Learn more at tsbarton.com

Photo credit: Lina Seijo

  • Su Cho

Su Cho


Su Cho is a poet, essayist, and the author of The Symmetry of Fish (Penguin Books 2022) which won the 2021 National Poetry Series. She has served as the editor-in-chief of Indiana Review, Cream City Review, and served as guest editor for Poetry magazine. Her work has been featured in Poetry, Gulf Coast, and New England Review; the 2021 Best American and Best New Poets anthologies; and elsewhere. A finalist for the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Fellowship, a recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, and a two-time Pushcart nominee, she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Clemson University.

Learn more at suchowrites.com

Photo credit: CJ Scruton

  • Featured emerging writer

Edgar Kunz


Edgar Kunz is the author of Tap Out (Mariner, 2019), a New York Times New & Noteworthy pick, and Fixer, forthcoming from Ecco in 2023. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and American Poetry Review. He lives in Baltimore and teaches at Goucher College.

Learn more at edgarkunz.com

Photo credit: Ariana Mygatt

  • Featured emerging writer

Paige Towers


Paige Towers is a creative and freelance writer based in Bellingham, WA. She has a BA in political science from the University of Iowa and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Emerson College. Her first book, The Sound of Undoing: A Memoir in Essays, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in March 2023. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, McSweeney’s, The Harvard Review, North American Review, Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Seneca Review, The Baltimore Review, Midwestern Gothic, Hyperallergic, The Billfold, Bustle and many other publications. She is originally from Iowa City.

Learn more at paigetowers.com

Photo credit: Samit Kumar Datta

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  • Featured emerging writer

Angelique Stevens


Angelique Stevens lives in Upstate New York where she teaches creative writing, literature of genocide, and race literatures. Her nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Granta, LitHub, The New England Review, and a number of anthologies. Her essay “Ghost Bread,” which won the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Contest, was chosen for Best American Essays 2022. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College and an MA from SUNY Brockport in Literature. Her other honors include an alumni fellowship from Bennington College’s MFA Program; fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and Sewanee Writers Workshops; a fellowship to the inaugural cohort of the Periplus Mentorship Collective; a teaching fellowship to the Lighthouse Book Project, and a fellowship to the Hedgebrook Writers in Residence. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences growing up in New York State. She finds her inspiration in wandering—being in places that push the boundaries of comfort, experience, knowledge, and hunger.

Learn more at angeliquecstevens.com

Photo credit: Jasna Bogdanovska

2022 Schedule of Events

2023 Schedule TBD

Click here to register to attend any of the events, both in-person or virtual. 
Readings will begin at 7:30 pm in the Roschel Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday, April 13 (in-person and virtual)
  • Larissa Pham 
  • Melissa Crowe 
  • Julián Delgado Lopera  

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Thursday, April 14 (in-person and virtual)

  •  Marianne Chan 
  • Krys Malcolm Belc 

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Craft Talks will begin at the times listed below and will be held in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Thursday, April 14 (in-person only)

  • 10:00 a.m. Julián Delgado Lopera  
  • 1:00p.m. Larissa Pham 
  • 2:30 p.m. Melissa Crowe 

Friday, April 15 (in-person only)

  • 10 a.m. Marianne Chan
  • 11 a.m.  Krys Malcolm Belc
Closing events will be held in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Friday, April 15

12:30 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION with all five emerging writers. (in-person and virtual)

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​A BYE BYE BBQ celebrating the end of the festival will begin immediately after the conclusion of the panel.  All are welcome!

2022 Student Planning Committee Members

  • 2022 EWF Student Planning Committee Member

Jici (Keats) ​Dai '23
Art (History) Major 
French Minor

I’m very excited to be part of the F&M Emerging Writer Festival committee! This is a great opportunity for me to get in touch with these fabulous emerging writers, get to know their writings and peek at the diverse literature world. Emerging Writer Festival builds up a stage for writers to share their writings with the whole F&M community. As a student who does not have that much experience in creative writing, EWF connects me to the products of creativity. I am grateful to work with all our members in the committee - it’s a pleasant experience to work with these inspiring peers.

  • 2022 EWF Student Planning Committee Member

Kyra Lisse '22
English - Creative Writing Major
Classics Minor

I’d dreamt of serving on the EWF planning committee ever since I was accepted to F&M. The day I arrived for a campus visit coincided with the bye-bye barbecue, and I was immediately charmed, buzzed by the literary (and culinary) hubbub at Writers House. It thrilled me to think that I might one day indulge my passion for all things writing and writers, conspiring with fellow scribes to foster community, language, and meaning.

  • 2022 EWF Student Planning Committee Member

Jeremy Mauser '22
English - Creative Writing and Spanish Double Major

I wanted to join the committee because the festival is one of my absolute favorite events hosted by F&M each year, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet and work with such talented writers!


  • 2022 EWF Student Planning Committee Member

Sojin Shin '22
English - Literature and Art (Studio) Double Major

As a part of Franklin & Marshall's wonderful English department, I've learned so much about the importance of community to one's professional and personal growth. The Emerging Writers Festival, one of our biggest annual events, has served as a moment for the community to gather and celebrate artists beginning to articulate their vision. When I was invited, I was not going to miss out on the opportunity to experience and partake in preparing for this wonderful event. I am so excited to meet new writers, learn from them, and celebrate their accomplishments with the entire F&M community. 

  • 2022 EWF Student Planning Committee Member

Tristan Steffe '22
English - Creative Writing Major
Chemistry - Minor

I wanted to be on this committee not only to learn under such talented and dedicated writers, but also to help celebrate this wonderful department. Without my peers and professors, I never would have found the spark nor the courage to write. I hope to inspire others to do the same with EWF. 


  • 2022 EWF Student Planning Committee Member

Matilde Stolte '22
English - Creative Writing Major
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

I am so honored to be a part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival committee this year. As an English Creative Writing major, I’ve attended previous festivals and loved the community it fostered. Gathering with others who are just as passionate for writing is such a special opportunity. I’m so excited to connect with my fellow seniors, English professors, and all of the amazing emerging writers we get to work alongside. 



  • 2022 EWF Student Planning Committee Member

Lillian Ward-Packard '22
English - Creative Writing Major
Classics Minor

 I am so excited to be a member of the 2022 Emerging Writers Festival student committee! I have many fond memories of past EWF events, and it's especially exciting that we get to help plan the first EWF back on campus since the start of the pandemic. One of my favorite things about F&M is how lively and energetic our creative writing community is, and EWF is a truly wonderful example of that community. 

Not pictured:

Tahmir Brown '22:  English - Creative Writing and Sociology Double Major

Cameron Purdy '22:  English - Creative Writing and Music Double Major

Seth Sherwood ' 22:  English - Creative Writing Major


 Emerging Writers Festival Alumni

EWF 1 / 2002 

Steven Raleigh Byler, Fiction

Meghan Daum, Nonfiction

Julie Otsuka, Fiction

Christine Perrin, Poetry

Joe Wenderoth, Poetry

EWF 2 / 2003

Brock Clarke, Fiction

Miranda Field, Poetry

Major Jackson, Poetry

Sebastian Matthews, Nonfiction

Susan Steinberg, Fiction

EWF 3 / 2004

Jeffery Renard Allen, Fiction

Erin Belieu, Poetry

Ted Genoways, Poetry

Peter Orner, Fiction

Vendela Vida, Nonfiction

EWF 4 / 2005

Samina Ali, Fiction

Gabe Hudson, Fiction

Brad Land, Nonfiction

Sabrina Orah Mark, Poetry

Jon Pineda, Poetry

EWF 5 / 2006

Catherine Barnett, Poetry

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Poetry

Alix Ohlin, Fiction

Lewis Robinson, Fiction

Sean Wilsey, Nonfiction

EWF 6 / 2007

Cynthia Cruz, Poetry

Lauren Groff, Fiction

Amaud Johnson, Poetry     

 Jay Kirk, Nonfiction

Kevin Moffett, Fiction

EWF 7 / 2008

Remica Bingham, Poetry

Rachel DeWoskin, Nonfiction

Ilya Kaminsky, Poetry

Emily Rapp, Nonfiction

Jess Row, Fiction

EWF 8 / 2009

Jaed Coffin, Nonfiction

K.A. Hays, Poetry

Shane McCrae, Poetry

Dash Shaw, Graphic Fiction

Laura van den Berg, Fiction

EWF 9 / 2010

Jericho Brown, Poetry

Beth Bachmann, Poetry

Elna Baker, Nonfiction

Lydia Peelle, Fiction

Philipp Meyer, Fiction

EWF 10 / 2011

Elyse Fenton, Poetry

Alex Taylor, Fiction

Grace Krilanovich, Fiction

Jason Fagone, Nonfiction

Henry Wolfe, Songwriting

 EWF 11/2012

Rebecca Makkai, Fiction

Christine Hemp, Poetry

Jamaal May, Poetry

Megan Mayhew Bergman, Fiction

Anna Moench, Playwriting

EWF 12 / 2013

Jeffrey Pethybridge, Poetry

Louise Krug, Nonfiction

Paul Bogard, Nonfiction

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Fiction

 Caitlin Horrocks, Fiction 



  • Emerging Writers Festival

EWF 13 / 2014

Claire Vaye Watkins, Fiction

Christopher Merkner, Fiction

Amy Leach, Nonfiction

Greg Wrenn, Poetry

Caryl Pagel, Poetry

  • 2015 EWF Committee and Writers

EWF 14 / 2015

Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Fiction

Ansel Elkins, Poetry

Sampson Starkweather, Poetry

Kristin Dombek, Nonfiction

Chisa Hutchinson, Playwriting 


  • The 2016 Emerging Writers Fest crew!

EWF 15/2016

Kerry Howley. Nonfiction

Robin Coste Lewis, Poetry

Julia Pierpont, Fiction

Suzanne Scanlon, Fiction/Nonfiction

Phillip B. Williams, Poetry


  • EWF 2018

EWF 16/2017

Garnett Cadogan, Nonfiction

Franny Choi, Poetry

Indra Das '08, Fiction

Meghan Kenny, Fiction

Kristen Radtke, Graphic Fiction

  • Group photo of committee and writers.

 EWF 17/2018

Raymond Antrobus, Poetry

Mandy Berman '09, Fiction

Tessa Fontaine, Nonfiction

Sarah Gerard, Fiction and Nonfiction

Chinaka Hodge, Poetry and Playwriting

  • EWF Committee Members

EWF 18/2019

Derrick Austin, Poetry

Elizabeth Byrne '07, YA Fiction

Jeannie Vanasco, Nonfiction

Tillie Walden, Graphic  Novel

Weike Wang, Fiction

EWF 19/2021

Tiana Clark, Poetry

T Kira Madden, Fiction

Meghan O'Gieblyn, Fiction

Martin Riker, Nonfiction

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Poet

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