Celebrating our 20th Emerging Writers Festival

April 13-15, 2022

 

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.

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2022 Emerging Writers

  • 2022 Emerging Writers Festival featured writer

Krys Malcolm Belc

Nonfiction

Krys Malcolm Belc is the author of the memoir The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood  (Counterpoint) and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit (The Cupboard  Pamphlet). His essays have been featured in Granta, The Rumpus, and other publications, and his writing has been anthologized in Best of the Net 2018, Wigleaf Top 50, and The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction (Rose Metal Press). Krys lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their three young children and works as an educator in a pediatric oncology clinic. 

Website:  www.krysmalcolmbelc.com  

Photo credit: Mark Likosky

  • 2022 Emerging Writers Festival featured writer

Marianne Chan

Poetry

Marianne Chan grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, and Lansing, Michigan. She is the author of All Heathens (Sarabande Books, 2020), which was the winner of the 2021 GLCA New Writers Award and the 2021 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, AGNI, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.  

Website:  www.mariannechan.com

Photo credit: Clancy McGilligan

  • 2022 Emerging Writers Festival featured writer

Melissa Crowe

Poetry

Melissa Crowe is the author of Dear Terror, Dear Splendor (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019), and her work has appeared in Four Way Review, New England Review, Poetry Northwest, and Thrush, among other journals. She was awarded the 2021 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and she coordinates the MFA program at UNCW, where she teaches poetry and publishing.

Website:  melissacrowe.weebly.com

Photo credit: Mark Crowe

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Julián Delgado Lopera

Fiction

Julián Delgado Lopera is the author of The New York Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical  (Feminist Press 2020), the Winner of the 2021 Ferro Grumley Award and a 2021 Lambda Literary award; a finalist of the 2020 Kirkus Prize in Fiction and the 2021 Aspen Literary Prize. Julián is also the author of  Quiéreme  (Nomadic Press 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute 2017) an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award.  They are the former executive director of RADAR Productions,  a queer literary non-profit in San Francisco. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Julián currently resides in San Francisco. 

Website:  www.julianadlopera.com

Photo credit: Rebeka Rodriguez

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Larissa Pham

Nonfiction

Larissa Pham is an artist and writer in Brooklyn. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The NationGranta, the Paris Review Daily, The Believer, and elsewhere. She was an inaugural Yi Dae Up fellow at the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She is the author of Fantasian, a novella, and the essay collection Pop Song.

Website:  larissapham.com

Photo credit: Adalena Kavanagh

 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

  • EWF Committee Members

EWF 18/2019

Derrick Austin, Poetry
derricklynnaustin.wixsite.com/authorpage

Elizabeth Byrne '07, YA Fiction
elizabethbyrne.net

Jeannie Vanasco, Nonfiction
www.jeannievanasco.com

Tillie Walden, Graphic  Novel
tilliewalden.com

Weike Wang, Fiction
 

EWF 19/2021

Tiana Clark, Poetry
www.tianaclark.com

T Kira Madden, Fiction
www.tkiramadden.com

Meghan O'Gieblyn, Fiction
www.meghanogieblyn.com

Martin Riker, Nonfiction
www.martinriker.com

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Poet
vanessaangelicavillarreal.com

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