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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2017 Emerging Writers Festival
April 12-14, 2017
2017 Emerging Writers
Mona Awad's writing has appeared in TIME, VICE, Electric Literature, McSweeney's, The Walrus, and elsewhere. Her novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin 2016), recently won the Amazon First Novel Award and is currently shortlisted for the Giller prize. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Denver.
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 is a queer, Korean-American poet, educator, organizer, and pottymouth. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone, 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 Post, PBS NewsHour, Feministing, Angry Asian Man, and other outlets.
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 Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Strange 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.
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.
Emerging Writers Festival 2016 Schedule of Events
READINGS will be held in the Green Room Theatre on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, April 6
Phillip B. Williams
Thursday, April 7
Robin Coste Lewis
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 7 and Friday, April 8.
Thursday, April 7
10:00 am - Suzanne Scanlon
1:00 pm - Phillip B. Williams
2:30 pm - Kerry Howley
Friday, April 8
10:00 am - Robin Coste Lewis
11:15 am - Julia Pierpont
There will be a PANEL DISCUSSION with all writers on Friday, April 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 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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