2021 Virtual Emerging Writers Festival 

Weeks of February 15, February 22, and March 1

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 and 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.


Videos of the 2021 EWF
Craft Talks and Readings

Thursday, February 18 
Craft talk with Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark Craft Talk: Emerging Writer's Festival 2021

Thursday, February 18 

Reading with Tiana Clark and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Reading with Tiana Clark and Vanessa Angelica Villarreal: Emerging Writer's Festival 2021


Wednesday, February 24
Craft talk with Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Vanessa Angelica Craft Talk: Emerging Writer's Festival 2021

Thursday, February 25 
Reading with Martin Riker

Martin Riker Reading: Emerging Writer's Festival 2021

Friday, February 26 
Craft talk with Martin Riker

Martin Riker Craft Talk: Emerging Writer's Festival 2021


Wednesday, March 3
Reading with T Kira Madden and Meghan O'Gieblyn

T Kira Madden & Meghan O'Gieblyn Reading: Emerging Writer's Festival 2021

Thursday, March 4 
Craft talk with Meghan O'Gieblyn

Meghan O'Gieblyn Craft Talk: Emerging Writer's Festival 2021


Friday, March 5 
Craft talk with T Kira Madden

T Kira Madden Craft Talk: Emerging Writer's Festival 2021

2021 Emerging Writers

  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

Tiana Clark


Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, as well as a winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.F.A) and Tennessee State University (B.A.) where she studied Africana and Women's studies. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, VQR, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, BuzzFeed News, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Oxford American, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Website:  www.tianaclark.com  

Photo credit: Daniel Meigs

  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

T Kira Madden


T Kira Madden is a lesbian APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in New York City. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an BA in design and literature from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College. She is the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art, and is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut memoir, LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS, is available now. There is no period in her name.

Website:  www.tkiramadden.com

Photo credit: Jac Martinez

  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

Meghan O'Gieblyn


Meghan O'Gieblyn is the author of the essay collection Interior States, which won the 2018 Believer Book Award for nonfiction. Her essays have received three Pushcart Prizes and one was included in the Best American Essays 2017. Her work has appeared most recently in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, n+1, Tin House, Ploughshares, The New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. She teaches courses at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently working on a book about religion and technology.

Website:  www.meghanogieblyn.com

  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

Martin Riker


Martin Riker is author of the novel Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return, and his fiction and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book ReviewWall Street JournalThe BafflerLondon Review of BooksTLSParis Review, and The Guardian. He worked for about ten years as Associate Director of the nonprofit Dalkey Archive Press, and as an editor for The Review of Contemporary Fiction. In 2010 he co-founded, with his wife Danielle Dutton, the feminist press Dorothy, a publishing project. He holds a PhD from the University of Denver and teaches in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis.

Website:  www.martinriker.com

Photo credit: Jessica Baran

  • EWF Logo Standalonemark
  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal


Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the author of the collection Beast Meridian, a 2019 Whiting Award recipient, a Kate Tufts Discovery Award finalist, and winner of the John A. Robertson Award for the Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her work in Poetry has been recognized with a 2019 Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and has also appeared in the New York Times, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Rumpus, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Buzzfeed Reader, and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and is pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.

Website:  www.vanessaangelicavillarreal.com

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

 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

News and Events

Story 2/15/2021

Emerging Writers Festival Goes Virtual

The Emerging Writers Festival will feature online craft talks and readings from Feb. 18 to March 5. Learn more about featured writers and the virtual format. 

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Story 11/12/2020

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Story 4/2/2019

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Story 4/4/2017

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In a typical year, the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) welcomes five fresh faces to the Franklin & Marshall College campus for three days of dialogue about the art and craft of writing. This year is...

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