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

  • 2019 Emerging Writers Festival featured writer

Derrick Austin

Poetry

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.

Website:  derricklynnaustin.wixsite.com

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Elizabeth Byrne '07

YA Fiction

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.

Website:  elizabethbyrne.net

Photo credit: Mike Wall

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Jeannie Vanasco

Nonfiction

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 SupplementTin House, and on NewYorker.com. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University. 

Website:  www.jeannievanasco.com

Photo credit: Theresa Keil

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Tillie Walden

Graphic  Novel

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.  

Website:  tilliewalden.com

Photo credit: AnneMarie Rogers

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Weike Wang

Fiction

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.

Photo credit: Saavedra Photography

EWF 2018 

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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
Raymond Antrobus
Tessa Fontaine

Thursday, April 5 
Chinaka Hodge
Sarah Gerard

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.

 Emerging Writers Festival Alumni

EWF 1 / 2002 

Steven Raleigh Byler, Fiction
www.stephenbyler.net

Meghan Daum, Nonfiction
www.meghandaum.com

Julie Otsuka, Fiction
www.julieotsuka.com

Christine Perrin, Poetry

Joe Wenderoth, Poetry

EWF 2 / 2003

Brock Clarke, Fiction
brockclarke.com

Miranda Field, Poetry
www.mirandafield.com

Major Jackson, Poetry

Sebastian Matthews, Nonfiction

Susan Steinberg, Fiction

EWF 3 / 2004

Jeffery Renard Allen, Fiction
 www.jefferyrenardallen.com

Erin Belieu, Poetry

Ted Genoways, Poetry
tedgenoways.com

Peter Orner, Fiction
www.peterorner.net

Vendela Vida, Nonfiction

EWF 4 / 2005

Samina Ali, Fiction

Gabe Hudson, Fiction
gabehudson.com

Brad Land, Nonfiction

Sabrina Orah Mark, Poetry

Jon Pineda, Poetry
www.jonpineda.com

EWF 5 / 2006

Catherine Barnett, Poetry

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Poetry

Alix Ohlin, Fiction
www.alixohlin.com

Lewis Robinson, Fiction
www.lewisrobinson.com

Sean Wilsey, Nonfiction

EWF 6 / 2007

Cynthia Cruz, Poetry
www.cynthiacruzblog.blogspot.com

Lauren Groff, Fiction
www.laurengroff.com

Amaud Johnson, Poetry     

 Jay Kirk, Nonfiction

Kevin Moffett, Fiction

EWF 7 / 2008

Remica Bingham, Poetry
remicalbingham.blogspot.com

Rachel DeWoskin, Nonfiction
www.racheldewoskin.com

Ilya Kaminsky, Poetry
www.ilyakaminsky.com

Emily Rapp, Nonfiction

Jess Row, Fiction
www.jessrow.com

EWF 8 / 2009

Jaed Coffin, Nonfiction

K.A. Hays, Poetry

Shane McCrae, Poetry

Dash Shaw, Graphic Fiction
www.dashshaw.com

Laura van den Berg, Fiction
www.lauravandenberg.com

EWF 9 / 2010

Jericho Brown, Poetry
www.jerichobrown.com

Beth Bachmann, Poetry
www.bethbachmann.com

Elna Baker, Nonfiction
elnabaker.com

Lydia Peelle, Fiction

Philipp Meyer, Fiction
philippmeyer.net

EWF 10 / 2011

Elyse Fenton, Poetry
elysefenton.com

Alex Taylor, Fiction

Grace Krilanovich, Fiction

Jason Fagone, Nonfiction
www.jasonfagone.com

Henry Wolfe, Songwriting
www.henrywolfe.com

 EWF 11/2012

Rebecca Makkai, Fiction
www.rebeccamakkai.com

Christine Hemp, Poetry
www.christinehemp.com

Jamaal May, Poetry
www.jamaalmay.com

Megan Mayhew Bergman, Fiction
www.mayhewbergman.com

Anna Moench, Playwriting
www.annamoench.com

EWF 12 / 2013

Jeffrey Pethybridge, Poetry
www.jeffreypethybridge.net

Louise Krug, Nonfiction
www.louise-krug.com

Paul Bogard, Nonfiction
www.paul-bogard.com

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Fiction
www.azareenvandervlietoloomi.com

 Caitlin Horrocks, Fiction 
www.caitlinhorrocks.com

 

 

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EWF 13 / 2014

Claire Vaye Watkins, Fiction
www.clairevayewatkins.com

Christopher Merkner, Fiction
www.christophermerkner.com

Amy Leach, Nonfiction

Greg Wrenn, Poetry
www.gregwrenn.com

Caryl Pagel, Poetry

  • 2015 EWF Committee and Writers

EWF 14 / 2015

Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Fiction
 www.arnabontempshemenway.com

Ansel Elkins, Poetry
www.anselelkins.net

Sampson Starkweather, Poetry

Kristin Dombek, Nonfiction
www.kristindombek.com

Chisa Hutchinson, Playwriting 
www.chisahutchinson.com

 

  • The 2016 Emerging Writers Fest crew!
4/8/16

EWF 15/2016

Kerry Howley. Nonfiction
kerryhowley.com

Robin Coste Lewis, Poetry

Julia Pierpont, Fiction
www.juliapierpont.com

Suzanne Scanlon, Fiction/Nonfiction

Phillip B. Williams, Poetry

 

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EWF 16/2017

Garnett Cadogan, Nonfiction

Franny Choi, Poetry
www.frannychoi.com

Indra Das '08, Fiction
www.indradas.com

Meghan Kenny, Fiction
www.meghankenny.co

Kristen Radtke, Graphic Fiction
www.kristenradtke.com

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 EWF 17/2018

Raymond Antrobus, Poetry
www.raymondantrobus.com

Mandy Berman '09, Fiction
www.mandyberman.com

Tessa Fontaine, Nonfiction
www.tessafontaine.com

Sarah Gerard, Fiction and Nonfiction
sarah-gerard.com

Chinaka Hodge, Poetry and Playwriting
chinakahodge.com

 

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