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
Thursday, February 18
Reading with Tiana Clark and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
Wednesday, February 24
Craft talk with Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
Thursday, February 25
Reading with Martin Riker
Friday, February 26
Craft talk with Martin Riker
Wednesday, March 3
Reading with T Kira Madden and Meghan O'Gieblyn
Thursday, March 4
Craft talk with Meghan O'Gieblyn
Friday, March 5
Craft talk with T Kira Madden
2021 Emerging Writers
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.
Photo credit: Daniel Meigs
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.
Photo credit: Jac Martinez
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.
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 Review, Wall Street Journal, The Baffler, London Review of Books, TLS, Paris 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.
Photo credit: Jessica Baran
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.
Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan
Emerging Writers Festival Alumni
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