The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

Emerging Writers Festival

Emerging Writers Festival

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall


Emerging Writers 2011On April 6 and 7th, the University of San Francisco English Department will present the annual Emerging Writers Festival, a showcase of up-and-coming authors currently establishing themselves in the literary scene. The two-day festival will feature readings by Ashley Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bradley Paul, Josh Weil and Monica Youn, reading from their most recent publications of fiction, poetry and essay.

Readings will begin promptly at 7:30 in the Maraschi Room of Fromm Hall on the University of San Francisco campus and will be free and open to the public. A panel discussion with all five writers will also be held on Thursday, April 7th from 12 to 2 pm, in McLaren 250. All events are sponsored by the USF English Department. Refreshments will be served.


  • Ashley Butler is the author of the essay collection Dear Sound of Footstep. Her work has also been published in The Believer, Ninth Letter and Gulf Coast, among others. She received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from The University of Iowa, and currently lives in Austin, Texas.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates is author of the memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. He is also senior editor for The Atlantic, and covers culture, politics and social issues for and the magazine. He's currently at work on a novel.
  • Bradley Paul is the author of two books of poetry: The Obvious, and more recently, All The Animals Are Gathering, winner of AWP's Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he currently lives in Los Angeles.
  • Josh Weil's trio of novellas, The New Valley won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation, among other prizes. He is currently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio.
  • Monica Youn's poetry collection Ignatz was a finalist for the National Book Award this year in poetry. She is an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, where she is the Director of the Money in Politics project.

April 6, 7:30 pm, Maraschi Room

Reading with Bradley Paul, Ashley Butler, and Ta-Nehisi Coates

April 7, 12:00 pm, McLaren 250

Panel Discussion with Bradley Paul, Ashley Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Josh Weil, and Monica Youn

April 7, 7:30pm, Maraschi Room

Reading with Josh Weil and Monica Youn



Ryan Van Meter, Assistant Professor, English Department,  (415) 422-4298