Save the Date 

2020 Emerging Writers Festival 

April 8-10, 2020

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.

  • EWF LOGO

Emerging Writers Festival 2020 Schedule of Events

READINGS will be held in the Green Room Theatre on Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 pm.  

Wednesday, April 8 
Tiana Clark
Martin Riker
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Thursday, April 9 
T Kira Madden
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

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 9 and Friday, April 10.  

Thursday, April 9
10:00 am - Martin Riker
1:00 pm - Meghan O'Gieblyn
2:30 pm - Tiana Clark

Friday, April 10
9:30 am - T Kira Madden
11:00 am - Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

There will be a PANEL DISCUSSION with all writers on Friday, April 10 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.

2020 Emerging Writers

  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

Tiana Clark

Poetry

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.

Website:  www.tianaclark.com  

Photo credit: Daniel Meigs

  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

T Kira Madden

Nonfiction

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.

Website:  www.tkiramadden.com

Photo credit: Jac Martinez

  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

Meghan O'Gieblyn

Nonfiction

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.

Website:  www.meghanogieblyn.com

  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

Martin Riker

Fiction

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 ReviewWall Street JournalThe BafflerLondon Review of BooksTLSParis 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.

Website:  www.martinriker.com

Photo credit: Jessica Baran

  • EWF Logo Standalonemark
  • 2020 EWF Emerging Writer

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Poetry

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.

Website:  www.vanessaangelicavillarreal.com

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

EWF 2019 in Review

  • Emerging Writers Festival featured writer
  • Emerging Writers Festival featured writer
  • Emerging Writers Festival featured writers
  • Emerging Writers Festival featured writer
  • Emerging Writers Festival featured writer
  • EWF T-shirt designed by Mike Fink, Office of College Communications
  • EWF Bye Bye BBQ
  • EWF committee

 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

 

 

  • Emerging Writers Festival

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

 

  • EWF 2018

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

  • Group photo of committee and writers.

 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
 

News and Events

Writers House Social Distance Salon
Story 4/30/2020

Writers House Series Hosts Jonathan Groff

Actor Jonathan Groff fielded student questions about Hamilton, Frozen and pursuing your passion. Watch his Q&A and learn about his favorite spots near campus.  

Read More
Story 4/2/2019

Emerging Writers Festival to Spring Forth, Celebrate Budding...

A group of promising writers who are early in their careers will arrive on the Franklin & Marshall College campus April 10-12 to host and attend a series of readings, craft talks and panel...

Read More
Story 4/4/2017

Four New Faces, and One Familiar One at 2017 Emerging...

In a typical year, the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) welcomes five fresh faces to the Franklin & Marshall College campus for three days of dialogue about the art and craft of writing. This year is...

Read More
Story 4/4/2016

Five Writers, Three Days, One Rewarding Event

For 15 years, Franklin & Marshall College's Emerging Writers Festival has been bringing five young writers to campus for three days of intensive workshops and intimate readings, giving students a...

Read More
Story 4/14/2015

Emerging Writers to Meld and Shift Words at Annual Festival

The 14th annual Emerging Writers Festival, a three-day literary event that brings five rising guest writers to campus, begins Wednesday, April 15. The featured writers are Kristin Dombek, Ansel...

Read More