Celebrating our 21st Emerging Writers Festival

March 29-31, 2023


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. Generously supported by Edna Hausman P'85 and Richard D. Hausman '50, P'85 and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, the Emerging Writers Festival is a marquee event in F&M’s literary year.


2023 Schedule of Events

In-person and virtual options will be offered.  Check back for more information about how to watch the craft talks and readings via Zoom.

READINGS will begin at 7:30 pm in the Green Room Theatre.

Wednesday, March 29 

  • Tyler Barton

  • Angelique Stevens 

  • Edgar Kunz  

Thursday, March 30

  •  Paige Towers

  • Su Cho 


CRAFT TALKS will begin at the times listed below and will be held in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Thursday, March 30

10:00 am:  Tyler Barton

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1:00 pm:  Edgar Kunz

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2:30 pm:  Angelique Stevens 

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Friday, March 31

9:30 am:  Paige Towers

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11:00 am:   Su Cho

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Closing events will be held in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Friday, March 31

12:30 pm  PANEL DISCUSSION with all five emerging writers.

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​A BYE BYE BBQ celebrating the end of the festival will begin immediately after the conclusion of the panel.  All are welcome!

2023 Emerging Writers

  • Featured Writer

Tyler Barton


Tyler Barton is an artist and author of Eternal Night at the Nature Museum (Sarabande, 2021) and The Quiet Part Loud (Split/Lip, 20219). His stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Subtropics, and have been twice selected as "Distinguished" by Best American Short Stories. Tyler lives in the high peaks of upstate New York where he works for the Adirondack Center for Writing and teaches workshops to the incarcerated elderly at Adirondack Correctional Facility. With Erin Dorney, he co-curates the ongoing literary arts installation, "The Hidden Museum," now on view at Susquehanna Museum of Art.

Learn more at tsbarton.com

Photo credit: Lina Seijo

  • Su Cho

Su Cho


Su Cho is a poet, essayist, and the author of The Symmetry of Fish (Penguin Books 2022) which won the 2021 National Poetry Series. She has served as the editor-in-chief of Indiana Review, Cream City Review, and served as guest editor for Poetry magazine. Her work has been featured in Poetry, Gulf Coast, and New England Review; the 2021 Best American and Best New Poets anthologies; and elsewhere. A finalist for the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Fellowship, a recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, and a two-time Pushcart nominee, she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Clemson University.

Learn more at suchowrites.com

Photo credit: CJ Scruton

  • Featured emerging writer

Edgar Kunz


Edgar Kunz is the author of Tap Out (Mariner, 2019), a New York Times New & Noteworthy pick, and Fixer, forthcoming from Ecco in 2023. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and American Poetry Review. He lives in Baltimore and teaches at Goucher College.

Learn more at edgarkunz.com

Photo credit: Ariana Mygatt

  • Featured emerging writer

Paige Towers


Paige Towers is a creative and freelance writer based in Bellingham, WA. She has a BA in political science from the University of Iowa and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Emerson College. Her first book, The Sound of Undoing: A Memoir in Essays, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in March 2023. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, McSweeney’s, The Harvard Review, North American Review, Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Seneca Review, The Baltimore Review, Midwestern Gothic, Hyperallergic, The Billfold, Bustle and many other publications. She is originally from Iowa City.

Learn more at paigetowers.com

Photo credit: Samit Kumar Datta

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  • Featured emerging writer

Angelique Stevens


Angelique Stevens lives in Upstate New York where she teaches creative writing, literature of genocide, and race literatures. Her nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Granta, LitHub, The New England Review, and a number of anthologies. Her essay “Ghost Bread,” which won the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Contest, was chosen for Best American Essays 2022. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College and an MA from SUNY Brockport in Literature. Her other honors include an alumni fellowship from Bennington College’s MFA Program; fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and Sewanee Writers Workshops; a fellowship to the inaugural cohort of the Periplus Mentorship Collective; a teaching fellowship to the Lighthouse Book Project, and a fellowship to the Hedgebrook Writers in Residence. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences growing up in New York State. She finds her inspiration in wandering—being in places that push the boundaries of comfort, experience, knowledge, and hunger.

Learn more at angeliquecstevens.com

Photo credit: Jasna Bogdanovska

2023 Student Planning Committee Members

  • 2023 EWF Student Planning Committee

Shannon Boodhoo '23
English-Creative Writing and German Language & Culture Double Major 
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Minor

As a senior anticipating my graduation, being on the EWF planning committee offers me a personalized experience as to what events and activities I can expect in my near future. It makes me really excited for the relationships we will form with all the cool writers we have this year, and I can't wait for the EWF to arrive.

  • 2023 EWF Student Planning Committee

Kiersten Busch '23
English Literature Major
Spanish Minor 

I am really excited to be on the EWF planning committee because of the opportunity to work closely with my fellow committee members to bring one of F&M’s most well-known events to life. EWF was something that attracted me to the college when I was looking to apply, and to now be part of the process of planning the entire festival is an honor! I am also looking forward to working closely with all of the lovely and inspiring writers that have been chosen to be featured this year.

  • 2023 EWF Student Committee

Mariel Paces Carter '23
English Literature Major
Music Performance Minor

I feel so proud and excited serving on the committee this year! Having worked at Writers House since my first semester, I have witnessed many EWF happenings and always dreamed about helping. It is so special to watch how the Festival brings the campus community together every spring.  I love the English Department here at F&M and am honored to support its biggest event of the year!


  • 2023 EWF Student Planning Committee

Norah Clifford '23
English - Creative Writing Major
Music Performance Minor

I am very excited to be a part of the Emerging Writer's Festival Planning Committee for 2023! I look forward to meeting our emerging writers and the unique opportunity to shadow one of them during the festival. Surrounded by a community of fellow students and faculty who celebrate literature and creativity, I cannot wait to learn more about what it is to be a working writer and gather inspiration and knowledge from our visiting writers, my fellow committee members, and the F&M community that comes to enjoy the festival. 

  • 2023 EWF Student Planning Committee

Megan Cunningham '23
Special Studies Major

The Emerging Writers Festival has always played an integral role in my F&M career.  I remember attending EWF events my freshman year, wondering “where am I” and “what’s the EWF?”  Little did I know, three years and full circle later I would be serving on the EWF Planning Committee!  It’s truly an honor and I hope to give the students of F&M those same EWF memories I cherish so fondly.

  • 2023 Emerging Writers Festival Planning Committee

Zyaira James '23
English - Creative Writing Major
Environmental Studies Minor

I am very honored to be apart of Emerging Writer’s Festival. For as all long as I can remember, writing have always been my passion. I have always been a writer.  To be nominated for the planning committee means everything to me. I am ready for this opportunity. I’m truly excited to meet the authors and learn from them. I am excited to work along with fellow seniors and English professors. 

  • 2023 EWF Student Planning Committee

Emily Nic Kozell '23
English - Creative Writing Major 
German Language & Culture Minor

Being on the EWF committee to me means that I will be able to work closely with talented writers of all genres, and in turn help organize an event that allows them to share their knowledge with the students of Franklin & Marshall. As a writer myself, I look forward to all I can learn from these writers. 


  • 2023 EWF Student Planning Committee

Nick Sebastian '23
English - Creative Writing  and
BFB: Animal Behavior Double Major

The Emerging Writers Festival is such a unique experience that I am so grateful to be a part of. I have attended the event every year, and the fact that this time, I get to actually make it come to fruition is amazing. I can’t wait to meet some talented new writers and soak up every ounce of knowledge I can get, especially as an aspiring writer myself. 

  • 2023 EWF Student Planning Committee

Olivia Lockey '23
English - Literature and  Government Double Major

I am excited to be a part of the Emerging Writers Festival planning committee! Writing is a way to bridge gaps and connect worlds. I cannot wait to help bring together the F&M community to appreciate the magic of words and the wonderful writers who we have the honor of hosting!

  • 2023 EWF Student Planning Committee

Idris/Izzy Mansaray '23
English - Creative Writing and Film
Double Major

For me, being on the committee for the Emerging Writer's Festival means opening up my artistic bubble and developing a community with those around me. As a writer, it's all too easy to stare at your computer screen in a dark, isolated bedroom at 1 am, hoping words will appear. Though, it's talking about craft with others that brings a bit more warmth to my writing experience. It's what makes the entire process that much more exhilarating, when you've been discussing writing characters with other writers and the energy in the room refuses to die down cause you're all just so excited about discussing the complex lives of the fake people you've created on the page. As a senior student, I want to make sure I help cultivate as many experiences as that with the community here before I graduate. It's delightful that I have the opportunity to do so by being on this committee!

 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 



  • Emerging Writers Festival

EWF 13 / 2014

Claire Vaye Watkins, Fiction

Christopher Merkner, Fiction

Amy Leach, Nonfiction

Greg Wrenn, Poetry

Caryl Pagel, Poetry

  • 2015 EWF Committee and Writers

EWF 14 / 2015

Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Fiction

Ansel Elkins, Poetry

Sampson Starkweather, Poetry

Kristin Dombek, Nonfiction

Chisa Hutchinson, Playwriting 


  • The 2016 Emerging Writers Fest crew!

EWF 15/2016

Kerry Howley. Nonfiction

Robin Coste Lewis, Poetry

Julia Pierpont, Fiction

Suzanne Scanlon, Fiction/Nonfiction

Phillip B. Williams, Poetry


  • EWF 2018

EWF 16/2017

Garnett Cadogan, Nonfiction

Franny Choi, Poetry

Indra Das '08, Fiction

Meghan Kenny, Fiction

Kristen Radtke, Graphic Fiction

  • Group photo of committee and writers.

 EWF 17/2018

Raymond Antrobus, Poetry

Mandy Berman '09, Fiction

Tessa Fontaine, Nonfiction

Sarah Gerard, Fiction and Nonfiction

Chinaka Hodge, Poetry and Playwriting

  • EWF Committee Members

EWF 18/2019

Derrick Austin, Poetry

Elizabeth Byrne '07, YA Fiction

Jeannie Vanasco, Nonfiction

Tillie Walden, Graphic  Novel

Weike Wang, Fiction

EWF 19/2021

Tiana Clark, Poetry

T Kira Madden, Fiction

Meghan O'Gieblyn, Fiction

Martin Riker, Nonfiction

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Poet

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