Laura Marris publishes animated translation in Asymptote

lmarrisWe’re delighted to share that Laura Marris (Poetry ’13) has just had an animated translation of a poem by Paol Keineg appear in Asymptote.  For this piece, Laura collaborated with a visual artist to make a translation in which multiple versions could exist at once.  View it here!  Laura had the opportunity to work on translating Keineg (and even spend time with him in person) when she was in France on her Global Fellowship in 2013.

This issue of Asymptote also features an interview with novelist and BU CW program director Ha Jin.

Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Marris is a writer and translator. Her work has appeared or will appear in The Volta, The CommonThe Cortland Review, Prelude, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a semi-finalist for the 2015 Discovery Prize. She recently translated Louis Guilloux’s novel Le Sang noir [Blood Dark] for the New York Review Books, and her current project is a translation of La Cache by Christophe Boltanski for University of Chicago Press.

Tara Skurtu’s latest publications

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Tara Skurtu’s (Poetry ’13) poem “Tourniquet” is in the Kenyon Review, both online and in the March/April print issue!  In addition, her first published translation appears in this same issue: “What’s one of your dead telling you” is a selection from renowned Romanian poet Radu Vancu’s book Rope in Bloom.

Both of these are part of this issue’s featured section, which highlights five poems from poets who were invited to the Poets in Transylvania International Poetry Festival last fall. Read more about those from the editor, here.

Congratulations, Tara!  We continue to be proud of you and look forward to seeing more of your work!

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.

Kelly Morse publishes chapbook with Two of Cups Press

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Heavy Light by Kelly Morse

We’re so excited to announce that Kelly Morse’s (Poetry ’12) chapbook Heavy Light has been published by Two of Cups Press!  Heavy Light was a finalist in the 2015 Two of Cups Chapbook Contest. Click here to buy a copy.

“Kelly Morse’s impressive debut chapbook looks clear-eyed at an essential truth of motherhood: life is wholly new not only for the child but also for the parent. Heavy Light explores this newborn landscape, this newborn life—the baby’s “homespun vernix jumpsuit,” the “daughter’s skull a pale lantern,” the nursing mother learning “what it feels like to be un-/wound for happiness and hunger”—and makes us ask: What happens to the self? In poem after otherworldly poem, Morse answers, showing us the way motherhood scrubs us raw but also shines us; the way it leaves us stinging deliciously in the air, pink and new. The mother in these poems learns to bear the weight of this light, and we are glad to bear it with her.”

– Maggie Smith, author of The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the 2012 Dorset Prize; and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the 2003 Benjamin Saltman Award

Congratulations, Kelly!

Kelly Morse is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, and translator. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, Alimentum, Quarter After Eight and elsewhere, while her translations have appeared in Asymptote. A graduate of Boston University’s MFA program, she has had work nominated for Best of the Net, and she is a Vermont Studio Center fellowship recipient.

Caitlin Doyle interviewed by the MFA Project

CaitlinDoylePhotoBU MFA alumna Caitlin Doyle (Poetry ’08) was recently interviewed by the MFA Project, and we’re pleased to be sharing a link to it here! Since graduating from the MFA program as the George Starbuck Fellow in Poetry, Caitlin has continued to receive accolades as an up-and-coming poet. In this interview, she offers memorable insights on studying with Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, and Rosanna Warren, as well as reflections on her experience as the featured poetry alumna in the Annual Faculty Reading a couple years ago. Click here to read “On Pleasure, Devotion, MFA’s and PhD’s, and Self-Determination: An Interview with Caitlin Doyle.”

Congratulations, Caitlin!

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

The Back Porch Collective to read this Saturday!

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Montage courtesy of The Middle Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Back Porch Collective began when a group of writers got together to share work, have meaningful conversations, and enjoy live music. The group includes BU alumni Shubha Sunder (Fiction ’12), Stacy Mattingly (Fiction ’11), Ani Gjika (Poetry ’10), Dariel Suarez (Fiction ’12), and Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13)!

The Collective is giving their first off-porch reading this weekend at the Middle Gray Gallery/Cafe in Brookline, joined by musician George Clements of The Lonely Heartstring Band. Join them tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 pm. We hope to see you there!

Dammy Aderibigbe’s latest publications

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Michael “Dammy” Aderibigbe, one of our current poets, continues to have a productive year: He has recently published poems in the latest issues of cream city review, Fjords, and the Hawaii Review!  Dammy also has a chapbook out called In Praise of Our Absent Father, which was released last month by Akashik Books.

Congratulations, Dammy!  We’re very proud of you.

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.

Laura Marris’ latest publications

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We’re happy to share that Laura Marris (Poetry ’13) has published a slew of poems recently!  “Moon Man” and “Prognosis” appear with audio recordings in The Cortland Review, and “Threshold” and “Choose Your Own Adventure” are in Prelude.  

Laura has also published a thought-provoking piece on Adam Kirsch’s book Emblems of the Passing World in The Common.

Some stirring lines from “Threshold”:

What’s the name of the shape you see
when you close your eyes after looking at a light?

A flower, a terror, a child in the woods confusing yaddo, shadow,
searching for a great-horned owl.

Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Marris is a writer and translator. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asymptote, The Common, Prelude, The Cortland Review, Washington Square Review, Meridian, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a semi-finalist for the 2015 Boston Review/Discovery Prize. This spring, she’ll be teaching poetry through Robert Pinsky’s Massive Open Online Course The Art of Poetry. Her most recent project is a translation of Louis Guilloux’s novel Le Sang noir [Blood Dark] for the New York Review Books.

Dariel Suarez’s short fiction to be taught at Brown

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Exciting news from Dariel Suarez (Fiction 2012): One of Dariel’s stories, “Marching Men,” is being taught at Brown University this semester through the Latina/o Studies Department! Dariel wrote and workshopped “Marching Men” in Leslie Epstein’s class here at BU. The story was published in Prairie Schooner‘s summer 2014 issue.

In addition, Dariel has been invited to speak at Brown by faculty in the American and Ethnic Studies Department. He’ll be visiting on March 1 to co-teach a class on his story, give a public reading, and have dinner with faculty and students.

Congratulations, Dariel! What an honor. We wish you the best at Brown!

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.

Tara Skurtu is guest author on The Best American Poetry Blog

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Wonderful news from Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13)! Tara has been featured as the guest author on The Best American Poetry Blog. Her conversational and thought-provoking series of posts cover a variety of topics, including teaching writing, fear and writing, and growing to love poetry (again). One of the posts features the BU Prison Education Program, where Tara taught. Read her posts below:

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing
The Committees in our Heads: on Fear and Writing
Poetry at Stake
Thoreau’s Nephew: Romania’s Literary Slaughterhouse
I Don’t Like Poetry, I’m Not a Poetry Person

Congratulations, Tara!

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.

 

Dammy Aderibigbe publishes chapbook

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Michael “Dammy” Aderibigbe (Poetry ’16) has just published his chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, with Akashik Books!

About Dammy, Tsitsi Jaji says,Here is a poet whose vision and empathy reach into the intimate corners of family history, bearing witness to generations of tenderness, violence, generosity, survival and imagination with rare precision.”

You can purchase a copy by writing to Dammy directly at dammyg1989 [at] gmail dot com.

Here is the title poem:

On the 5th day of a month
made of harmattan and cold sun,
my mother washed dirt off grains of rice,

chopped carrots, onions, pepper
and liver on a slab into rings —
beating our stomachs to music.

My older sister slit open
the belly of a huge Eja Kote —
packed out its intestine as one offloads

clothes from a bag. Beads of sweat slipped
down their faces like rain on windshields.
The sitting-room: strands of Juju

melody streamed out of the stereo —
the house covered with music.
From the kitchen: my mother’s efforts smelled

delicious. My mother wore
aso-oke — she danced, and we ate —
raising cups in praise of her loneliness.

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.