Emerson MFA at Forty: Celebrating Four Decades of Writing and Publishing

Room 2211, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Friday, February 9, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


The Emerson MFA program, located in the heart of the Boston Literary District, celebrates its fortieth anniversary with readings from five alumni writers from Texas, DC, Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. The panelists discuss how their work in publishing—founding journals; founding transnational literature series; and advocating for inclusive children’s lit—informs their writing. Readings showcase work they have published across genres: poems, essays, stories, novels, YA, and translation.

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Rebecca Morgan Frank's fourth collection of poems is Oh You Robot Saints!, and her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, APR, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program at Northwestern University, edits Memorious, and serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.

Ciera Burch has an MFA from Emerson College and her fiction has appeared in American Literary Magazine, Underground, the art and literary journal of Georgia State University, Stork, and Blackbird. Her first novels, Finch House and Something Kindred are out in September 2023 and April 2024.

Shuchi Saraswat's prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, AGNI, Ecotone, Tin House, and elsewhere. She founded and directed the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith until 2021. She's now senior editor at AGNI.

Kenan Orhan's fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, Massachusetts Review, and been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize Stories. His debut collection, I Am My Country and Other Stories is out from Random House. He lives in Kansas City.

Madeline Kay Sneed is a Texas novelist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Baylor University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from Emerson College. She is the author of The Golden Season and Today Tonight Forever.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center