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.
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2019 Emerging Writers Festival
April 10-12, 2019
2019 Emerging Writers
Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Gulf Coast, The Nation, Tin House, and other anthologies and publications. He was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Elizabeth Byrne '07
Elizabeth Byrne grew up in New Jersey and holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College ('07). During the week, she works for a group travel company, planning programs in Germany and Switzerland. Her office windows look onto the cemetery where Emily Dickinson is buried, and all the lovely and weird things admirers leave for her there. Liz lives and writes in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Grave Keepers is her first novel.
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Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye. Featured by Poets & Writers as one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017, The Glass Eye was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Indies Introduce Pick, and an Indie Next Pick. Her second memoir, Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl, will be published in 2019 by Tin House Books. Her other nonfiction has appeared in the Believer, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, and on NewYorker.com. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University.
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Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, TX. She is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and is the creator of the Eisner award winning memoir Spinning as well as 4 other graphic novels. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
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Weike Wang is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry and her doctorate in public health. Her first novel, Chemistry, received the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis Award, and a Whiting Award. A “5 Under 35” honoree of the National Book Foundation, Weike currently lives in New York City.
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Emerging Writers Festival 2018 Schedule of Events
READINGS will be held in the Green Room Theatre on Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, April 4
Mandy Berman '09
Thursday, April 5
Immediately after the READINGS, a reception will be hosted at the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House.
CRAFT TALKS will be held in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House throughout the day on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6.
Thursday, April 5
10:00 am - Mandy Berman '09
1:00 pm - Raymond Antrobus
2:30 pm - Tessa Fontaine
Friday, April 6
9:30 am - Chinaka Hodge
11:00 am - Sarah Gerard
There will be a PANEL DISCUSSION with all writers on Friday, April 6 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House.
After the PANEL DISCUSSION, the Emerging Writers Festival will wrap up with the fun and festivities of the BYE BYE BBQ.
All events are free and open to the public.
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