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Merve Emre

A portrait of Turkish-American author Merve Emre.

Merve Emre

Merve Emre is the Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing and Criticism and Director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing and Criticism at Wesleyan University. She is the author of five books and is a contributing writer at the New Yorker....

Her essays and criticism have appeared in publications including the New York Review of Books, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and the London Review of Books. In 2021, she was awarded the Robert B. Silvers Prize for Literary Criticism by the Silvers Foundation and the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing by the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has been supported by the Whiting Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, among others. In 2022, she served as one of the judges of the International Booker Prize.

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Articles by Merve Emre

New Yorker critic Merve Emre and WWB Books Editor Adam Dalva