Our teachers are graduate students in Emerson's MFA/MA program in Writing and Publishing, and have been trained to teach college-level writing in the award-winning First-Year Writing Program.
Below are the teachers for 2016-17:
Alex Ebel is a second year MFA candidate in Nonfiction writing at Emerson College. Originally from Texas, he has also lived In Oakland, California and New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a reader for Ploughshares. His literary interests vary from narrative journalism to personal essays and humor writing. His work had previously been published in places like The Rumpus, Hobart, Hello Mr, and Punchnel’s, among others.
Diana Fernandez is a second year MFA student in Creative Writing at Emerson College. Diana has worked as a teaching fellow for Breakthrough, a program which strives to educate and provide resources to motivated students in her home city of Miami, Florida during the summer. Her literary interests include gothic, horror, and science-fiction writers such as Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood. Diana’s goal as a fiction writer is to utilize these genres to reflect on problems and injustices in our own society.
Daniel Jackson, a poet from New York, says he writes with spareness, about the body as a political object, questioning his masculinity in a family of women, and where his experiences of being a black gay parent is woven into the American experience. Currently, he is a third-year MFA candidate at Emerson College and assistant poetry editor for Redivider: a journal for new literature and art. He looks forward to working with the new scholars entering EmersonWRITES in the Fall.
Brandon Melendez is Mexican American poet and educator from California and a current MFA candidate at Emerson College. He is a National Poetry Slam finalist and he won “Best Poem” & “Funniest Poem” at collegiate national poetry competitions while in undergrad. He has taught poetry workshops at UC Berkeley (his alma mater) as well as high schools and charter schools all throughout the Bay Area. He is interested in the ways the personal can be political and how poetry can be a platform for folks to speak their truth in a way that sparks dialogue and change. Also, he likes cats, that seems important to mention.
Jayne Roberts is a second-year MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Emerson College. She is passionate about writing fiction and can't go more than a day without jotting down her next story idea. She currently works as a Marketing Assistant for Rheinwerk Publishing writing press releases, twitter posts, and exceedingly long spreadsheets. It is the most exhausting and worthwhile job of her life. She used to be the Managing Editor of a book publishing firm where she edited several fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. When she's not writing (which isn't often), Jayne spends her time doing origami, teaching herself martial arts, and trying to forget about the series of dreadfully awful poems she had published in college.
Marin Sklan is a second year MFA candidate in creative fiction at Emerson. Originally from California, she has spent much of the past year navigating Boston’s cultural scene, and trying to figure out what “jimmies” are. Marin has worked in both prose and poetry, and is particularly energized by the convergence of these two genres. Her literary crush is Lars Gustafsson, and her middle name is a misspelling.
Fion Wu is a second-year MFA candidate in Fiction at Emerson. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York, but later moved to the suburbs of Staten Island and then Long Island, and has now found her way to Boston. Writing is a large part of her life. Fion works a lot with the Coming-of-Age and Young Adults genres, while also incorporating language and culture in her writing. She is super excited and looking forward to working with EmersonWRITES students in the coming fall.
Carly Youssouf is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at Emerson College, where she is also a writing consultant at the Writing and Academic Resource Center. For the past few years, she has privately tutored middle and high school students, as well as volunteered in various literacy programs in Florida, Massachusetts and her home state of New Jersey. She has studied abroad in England, Scotland and Spain, and tries to backpack around the globe as often as her budget allows.