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  • Assistant Professor of Creative Writing


  • 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.


  • 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.