Tara Skurtu’s book to be published by Eyewear Publishing

Skurtu photo Eyewear announceWe’re so excited to announce that Tara Skurtu’s book, The Amoeba Game, has been acquired by Eyewear Publishing!  It will be released in the fall of 2017.  In addition, the Romanian translation by Romanian poet Radu Vancu will be released this fall by Charmides.

Tara (Poetry ’13) traveled to Romania on a Fulbright last academic year, and the Fulbright Commission has renewed her Fulbright for this fall semester. This month, she will be giving a lecture on “Why is poetry so important?” in Bucharest.  The lecture is part of The Power of Storytelling, an annual conference “built around the idea that stories can change our world.”  This year’s speakers include Cheryl Strayed and Colin Meloy from The Decemberists.  Next month, Tara is traveling to Turkey to read at the Nilüfer International Poetry Festival in Bursa.

Congratulations, Tara!  We’re happy for you and will be on the lookout for your book next fall.

Tara Skurtu teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara’s poems have been translated into Romanian and Hungarian, and her recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Plume, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Common, and Tahoma Literary Review


Sarah Huener wins Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize

SONY DSCSarah Huener (Poetry ’13) has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize!  She wrote the prize-winning poem, “To Pluto,” while in the MFA program at BU.  The competition is held annually by StorySouth and was judged by poet Sarah Rose Nordgren this year.

From the poem:

It was only afterward
we found our figures

false, learned we had climbed
ghost ladders to accidental height.

We’d followed numbers
into night to scan

for matter, discovered
you, distant almost-planet—

but in the end you let
too many others in…

Read the full poem here.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Sarah Huener received her BA from UNC Chapel Hill and her MFA from Boston University, after which she traveled in Croatia and Israel as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow. Sarah’s recent work can or will be found in The Collagist, New Delta Review, the Greensboro Review, Salamander, and in the North Carolina volume of the Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2015). She was named the winner of the 2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize for her poem “To Pluto,” and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Sarah reviews poetry for the North Carolina Literary Review.

Dammy Aderibigbe interviewed in Prairie Schooner


We’re excited to share this interview with D.M. “Dammy” Aderibigbe (Poetry ’16), which appeared in Prairie Schooner this week!  Dammy recently published his chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, and it was selected for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series.

From the interview:

“…I had left my Nigeria and been to Morocco, Mexico, Barbados and of course the United States where I live now. This meant stepping out of my grandmother’s gray hair for the first time. This meant stepping out of my 6-year old sister’s tiny teeth for the first time. This meant learning things like sand, air, water, etc., all over again. You know, that’s some kind of redefinition. This alteration in my life has had an enormous impact on my approach to writing… Studying under great teachers such as Robert Pinsky, Maggie Dietz and Karl Kirchwey has made me a better critic of my poems. They have helped dig out the tooth I never knew I had. Now, I am not scared to pluck out words, lines or stanzas I find not working in a poem.”

Congratulations, Dammy!

D.M. Aderibigbe is from Nigeria. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, is an APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series selection. He is a recipient of 2015 Honours from Dickinson House and The Entrekin Foundation.His poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, cream city review, DIAGRAM, Normal School, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, RATTLE, and Spillway, which nominated him for the 2017 Puschcart Prize. He’s been featured on Verse Daily. His first manuscript received a special mention in the 2015 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

Caitlin Doyle Featured on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series


We’re pleased to share that Caitlin Doyle (Poetry ’08) has been featured on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series!  PBS spoke with Caitlin about how she started writing, her thoughts on form and sound in poetry, and the history of the bikini. The feature highlights her poem “A Brief History of the Bikini” and includes a recording of Caitlin reading the piece.

Following her graduation from the MFA program as the George Starbuck Fellow in Poetry, Caitlin has received a number of prestigious awards, fellowships, Writer-In-Residence teaching posts, and publication credits. Her most recent honors include a Yaddo Colony fellowship and a Writer-In-Residence fellowship at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT.  Caitlin also served as the Fall 2015 Visiting Writer at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio.

Her writing is currently forthcoming in multiple publications and book anthologies, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Golden Shovel Anthology (University of Arkansas Press), and Bared: An Anthology (Les Femmes Folles Books).

She’s pursuing her PhD as an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati. We’re thrilled to hear about Caitlin’s continued success. Congratulations, Caitlin!

Caitlin Doyle’s poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, The Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, and others. Her poetry has also been published in several anthologies, including The Best Emerging Poets of 2013, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Best New Poets 2009. She has held Writer-In-Residence teaching positions at Penn State, St. Albans School, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Caitlin’s awards and fellowships include the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship through the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Amy Award in Poetry through Poets & Writers, a MacDowell fellowship, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Yaddo fellowship. She has also received Writer-In-Residence fellowships through the James Merrill House and the Kerouac Project. She is currently pursuing her PhD as an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches in the department of English and Comparative Literature.

Lisa Hiton published in Vinyl, semi-finalist for Pamet River Prize


We’re delighted to share that Lisa Hiton has recently published her gorgeous poem “Dream of My Father’s Shiva, Atlantis, 1450/3074″ in Vinyl!  In addition, Lisa was a semi-finalist for the Pamet River Prize with YesYes Books, an annual contest for full-length books of poetry or prose.

Congratulations, Lisa!

Lisa Hiton holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Linebreak, The Paris-American, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and LAMBDA Literary among others. Her first book has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Brittingham & Felix Pollack Poetry Prize, the Crab Orchard Review first book prize, and the YesYes Books open reading period. She has received the Esther B Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize.

Stacy Mattingly publishes essay in Asymptote

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We’re excited to share this piece in Asymptote by Stacy Mattingly (Fiction 2011)! The Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop and Atlanta’s Narrative Collective (which Stacy founded and co-founded, respectively) came together last fall to form The Borders Project.  In this essay, Stacy follows the Project to their first-ever reading, which took place in Atlanta last May.  A multi-genre literary collaboration, The Borders Project aims to examine all sorts of boundary lines—physical, temporal, emotional, relational, among others—and their implications. Eighteen writers and one translator came together to create work in two languages.

Congratulations, Stacy!

Stacy Mattingly is a U.S. writer and the founder of the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, a bilingual group of poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also co-founded Atlanta’s Narrative Collective with poet L.S. McKee. Stacy holds an MFA in fiction from Boston University, where she was a Marcia Trimble Fellow, a Leslie Epstein Global Fellow, and recipient of the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award. She has worked as a coauthor on books including, with Ashley Smith, the New York Times bestseller Unlikely Angel, an Atlanta hostage story released last fall as a feature film, Captive. Stacy has taught creative writing at Boston University and helped lead the first Narrative Witness exchange for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. She has recently completed a first novel, set in the current-day Balkans.

Isadora Beeler Deese to publish debut science fiction YA novel

isadora_deese-right_of_capture-front_cover-1000pxIsadora Beeler Deese, Playwriting ’94, announces the publication of her debut science fiction Young Adult novel, Right of Capture, by Pelekinesis Press on October 15, 2016. The adventure follows an epic sibling rivalry that coincides with a brutal race among global contenders to own the world-changing resource buried deep inside the teens. It is the first in a five book cycle, and can be purchased here.

Some early reviews of Right of Capture:

M.M. Buckner (Fiction 1984)
“Ingenious premise. Engaging style. Young readers will love this heart-pounding adventure. Right of Capture makes an impressive debut for Deese’s new SF fantasy cycle.”

From Publishers Weekly
“Technical and complex, the story unwinds with the fast pace of a thriller, peppered with the nastiest aspects of sibling rivalry and family tension.”

Congratulations, Isadora!

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Photo by Mariann Murray

Isadora has been working at MIT for the last fifteen years, where she helped coordinate some of the first iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competitions. She co-wrote “Adventures in Synthetic Biology” with Drew Endy and the Synthetic Biology Working Group, illustrated by Chuck Wadey, which in 2005, was the first comic to be on the cover of Nature. She is currently a Board member of the BioBuilder Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to expanding STEM curriculum in middle school, high school, and community colleges to include bioengineering principles and skills.

She is married to writer, historian, and fellow Creative Writing alum R.S. Deese (Poetry ’95). His book We Are Amphibians: Julian and Aldous Huxley on the Future of Our Species was published by the University of California Press in 2014.  Isadora and Sam have three boys and live in the greater Boston area.

Caroline Woods’s debut novel to be published by Tyrus Books


We’re thrilled to announce that Caroline Woods’s debut novel, Fräulein M., will be published by Tyrus Books (F+W Media) on January 1, 2017!  The novel explores the fates and family secrets of orphaned sisters propelled to opposite sides of seedy and splendid Weimar Berlin, one swept up in cabaret culture, the other in Hitler Youth.

Warm congratulations, Caroline!

Caroline Woods (Fiction ’08) has taught fiction writing and freshman composition at Boston University and the Boston Conservatory. Her short fiction has been published in Slice Magazine (which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize), LEMON, and 236, BU Creative Writing’s Literary Journal. She has also received two Glimmer Train honorable mentions. As a teenager Caroline published a book of ghost stories, Haunted Delaware (Infinity 2000), which received praise as a self-publishing success story in The Village Voice, Writer’s Digest, and other publications.


Dariel Suarez’s latest publications


We’re very pleased to share Dariel Suarez’s recent fiction publications!  The title story of his collection, which Dariel says got him into BU’s MFA program, has just been published by The Florida Review. Here’s a link to the issue, where you can read an excerpt of his story “A Kind of Solitude.”

Dariel’s short story “The Comforter,” which was workshopped in Leslie Epstein’s class, has been published in the current issue of  Southern Humanities Review. Click here to read an excerpt.

And be on the lookout for Dariel’s story “Mudface,” which will be in the upcoming issue of the North American Review.

Congratulations, Dariel!

Dariel Suarez is the author of the chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, available from Backbone Press. He earned his M.F.A. in fiction at Boston University and is one of the founding editors of Middle Gray Magazine. He has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, and Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Dariel’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and magazines, including Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Florida Review, Southern Humanities Review, and The Caribbean Writer, as well as several anthologies. Dariel is currently finishing revisions on a novel about a Cuban political prisoner, titled The Playwright’s House.

Ryan Wilson’s Pushcart nomination and publications

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We’re blown away by all of Ryan Wilson’s (Poetry ’08) recent achievements!

Ryan’s poem “Xenia” was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Able Muse, which nominated the poem for a Pushcart Prize. His long poem, “Authority,” was published in the Spring 2016 issue of The Hopkins Review.

Three poems—“L’Esprit de l’Escalier,” “In the Harvest Season,” and the long poem “Il Estraneo”–were published in the Candlemas 2016 issue of Dappled Things.

His poem “Hesperides” was published in The Classical Outlook, 91.1 (Spring 2016).

Forthcoming poems include “Children of Privilege” (Measure) and “For a Dog” (The Yale Review), which was named a finalist for the Frost Farm Prize and for the Morton Marr Prize.

Ryan is also a prolific writer of non-fiction.  His essay “ ‘Rich Refusals’: Donald Justice and the New Critics,” originally appearing in the Winter 2015 issue of The Sewanee Review, was awarded the Walter Sullivan Prize for Promise in Criticism by that journal.

The Sewanee Review also published his essay “Warren, Eliot, Dante, and the Promises of Tradition,” an excerpt from his doctoral dissertation, in their Winter 2016 issue.

The Hopkins Review published his essay “Classic Ransom” in their Winter 2016 issue.

His essay “How to Think Like a Poet,” originally published in the Easter 2015 issue of Dappled Things, was awarded the Jacques Maritain Prize for non-fiction. Additionally, it will be appearing later this year as a monograph from Wiseblood Books. For now, it remains available here.

For the second straight year, his poetry manuscript, The Stranger World, was a finalist for the Vassar Miller Book Prize.

Finally, Ryan has been newly hired as the Office Manager for the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (formerly housed at Boston University), and he is also the new editor of Literary Matters, which will be forthcoming in a new format this Fall as an online journal.

Hearty congratulations, Ryan!

Ryan Wilson was born in Griffin, Georgia. His poems, translations, and essays appear widely, in journals such as 32 Poems, First Things, Iron Horse Literary Review, River Styx, and Unsplendid. Currently living in Baltimore with his wife, he is a doctoral candidate at The Catholic University of America.