Emily Barton


  • Associate Professor of Creative Writing
  • Chair of Creative Writing

Areas of Study


  • MFA, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1995
  • AB, summa cum laude, Harvard & Radcliffe Colleges, 1991


Emily Barton is the author of three novels: The Book of Esther, Brookland, and The Testament of Yves Gundron. Her fiction, criticism, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Story magazine, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, the Massachusetts Review, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Jewish Daily Forward’s Sisterhood blog, the New York Observer, Poetry magazine, Tablet.com, Kveller.com, and the Threepenny Review

Her work has been recognized with grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Barton also has won the Bard Fiction Prize.

Before coming to teach at Oberlin, Barton taught at New York University, Yale University, Columbia University, Smith College, Bard College, and Princeton University.

Fall 2021

Introduction to Fiction Writing — CRWR 120
Practicum — CRWR 485
Creative Writing Capstone Seminar — CRWR 490

Spring 2022

Topics and Forms; Plot and Structure — CRWR 238
Fiction Workshop — CRWR 320
Practicum — CRWR 485


Emily Barton contributes to NJ Monthly article

October 15, 2021

Associate Professor of Creative Writing Emily Barton contributes to a NJ Monthly article on author G. Willow Wilson.

Emily Barton Contributes to Article

May 21, 2020

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Emily Barton contributed to a Yahoo News article on the future of college education.

Emily Barton Reviews Novel

February 20, 2020

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Emily Barton reviewed Kiran Millwood Hargrave's novel "The Mercies" for the New York Times.

Emily Barton Publishes Short Story

September 4, 2019

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Emily Barton has a new short story, "Better," in Guernica.

Emily Barton Publishes Review

April 23, 2019

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Emily Barton published a review of G. Willow Wilson's new novel, "The Bird King," in the New York Times book review.

Emily Barton Reviews Book

December 11, 2018

Emily Barton, assistant professor of creative writing, reviewed Kenji Miyazawa's dark fairy tales in the New York Times.


This Week in Photos: January 29

January 29, 2020

Although Winter Term 2020 is complete there are still so many photogenic and inspiring moments to share. In this photo series, we visit Lake Erie; Hall Annex 100 for a theater workshop with director Joey Rizzolo; Peters Hall for an elementary Russian class; the Ninde Scholars at Oberlin High School; and a chance to sport a terrific pair of 3D-printed snow glasses.