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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2018 Emerging Writers Festival 

April 4-6, 2018

2017 Emerging Writers

Garnette Cadogan


Garnette Cadogan is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and a columnist for Virginia Quarterly Review, and writes about culture and the arts for various publications. He is editor-at-large for Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro), and is at work on a book on walking. 


Franny Choi


Franny Choi is a queer, Korean-American poet, educator, organizer, and pottymouth. She is the author of FloatingBrilliantGone, which Muzzle Magazine called "a haunted house with windows opening onto surprising moments of beauty and joy." She has received awards from the Poetry Foundation and the Kentucky Women Writers' Conference, and fellowships from Kundiman, VONA, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been featured by the Huffington PostPBS NewsHourFeministingAngry Asian Man, and other outlets.

Website:  frannychoi.com

Indra Das '08


Indrapramit Das (aka Indra Das) is a writer and editor from Kolkata, India. He is the author of debut novel The Devourers (Del Rey / Penguin Random House / Penguin India), and an alumnus of Franklin & Marshall College, where he completed a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, and wrote the stories that later transformed into his first published novel. His work has appeared in several publications including Clarkesworld MagazineLightspeed MagazineAsimov’s Science FictionStrange Horizons, and Tor.com, and has also been widely anthologized in collections such as The Year's Best Science Fiction (St. Martin's Press). He is an Octavia E. Butler scholar and a graduate of the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop. He completed his M.F.A. at the University of British Columbia (class of ’11). He currently works as a consulting editor for Indian publisher Juggernaut Books. He divides his time between India and North America, whenever possible.

Website:  indradas.com

Meghan Kenny


Meghan Kenny is the author of the debut short story collection Love Is No Small Thing (LSU Press, 2017). Her debut novel, The Driest Season, is forthcoming with W.W. Norton in 2018. She has won The Iowa Review Award, has been a scholar at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and held the Tickner Writing Fellowship in Baltimore. She lives and teaches in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

Website:  meghankenny.co

 Kristen Radtke

Graphic Nonfiction

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon, April 2017). She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film & video of TriQuarterly magazine. She lives in New York.

Website:  kristenradtke.com

Emerging Writers Festival 2017 Schedule of Events

READINGS will be held in the Green Room Theatre on Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 pm.  

Wednesday, April 12 
Franny Choi
Indra Das
Kristen Radtke

Thursday, April 13 
Meghan Kenny
Garnette Cadogan

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 13 and Friday, April 14.  

Thursday, April 13
10:00 am - Kristen Radtke
1:00 pm - Franny Choi
2:30 pm - Indra Das

Friday, April 14
9:30 am - Meghan Kenny
11:00 am - Garnette Cadogan

There will be a PANEL DISCUSSION with all writers on Friday, April 14 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.

EWF 2017 

 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 



EWF 13 / 2014

Claire Vaye Watkins, Fiction

Christopher Merkner, Fiction

Amy Leach, Nonfiction

Greg Wrenn, Poetry

Caryl Pagel, Poetry

EWF 14 / 2015

Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Fiction

Ansel Elkins, Poetry

Sampson Starkweather, Poetry

Kristin Dombek, Nonfiction

Chisa Hutchinson, Playwriting 


EWF 15/2016

Kerry Howley. Nonfiction

Robin Coste Lewis, Poetry

Julia Pierpont, Fiction

Suzanne Scanlon, Fiction/Nonfiction

Phillip B. Williams, Poetry



EWF 16/2017

Garnett Cadogan, Nonfiction

Franny Choi, Poetry

Indra Das '08, Fiction

Meghan Kenny, Fiction

Kristen Radtke, Graphic Fiction


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