Shubha Sunder Wins MCC Grant

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We’re happy to announce that Shubha Sunder (Fiction 2012) has won a 2016 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in the Fiction/Creative Nonfiction category!  The complete list of grant winners is here, and you can read about Shubha (and some of her work!) here.

Congratulations, Shubha!

Shubha Sunder is a 2012 graduate of the BU Creative Writing Program, which awarded her the Florence Engell Randall Graduate Fiction Award and a Leslie Epstein Fellowship for travel to Russia. Her fiction has most recently appeared in Crazyhorse (for which she won the 2015 Fiction Prize), Michigan Quarterly Review, The Bangalore Review, and Narrative Magazine, where it was a winner of “30 Below.” She has won scholarships to Sewanee and Breadloaf and currently lives in Boston, where she is at work on her first novel, set in her hometown of Bangalore, India.

Praise for Tim Floreen’s debut novel, new book out this fall

timfloreenTim Floreen (Fiction 2005) published his first novel last October, a young adult science fiction thriller from Simon & Schuster called Willful Machines. In a starred review, Kirkus called it “gothic, gadgety, and gay” (which Tim himself says is an accurate assessment). The New York Public Library named it one of the best teen books of 2015, and it was also a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards and on the American Library Association’s 2016 Rainbow List. Tim’s second book, Tattoo Atlas, also a thriller for young adults, comes out this October.

Congratulations, Tim!

Tim Floreen received a bachelor’s degree in English at Yale University and graduated from Boston University’s creative writing program in 2005. He now lives in San Francisco with his partner and their two daughters. You can find out more about Tim at his website, timfloreen.com.

Lisa Hiton publishes two poems

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Lisa Hiton (Poetry 2011) has recently published two poems.  “Dream of My Father’s Shiva, Auschwitz, 1942″ appears in Leveler, accompanied by some thoughts on the poem from the editors. “Lethargy” is in Lambda Literary Review, and we found it particularly relevant in light of the tragedies in Orlando.

It begins:

I am ill with history.
With watching it happen
and not belonging to it. In the efforts of
lesbianism, I have fallen
asleep.

Read the rest of the poem here.

Congratulations, Lisa!  And thanks for sharing your work with us.

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, andLAMBDA 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.

The Back Porch Collective to read this weekend

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The Back Porch Collective is reading at The Middle Gray this Saturday, 6/18!  BU MFA alumni in the Collective include Stacy Mattingly (Fiction ’11), Dariel Suarez (Fiction ’12), Shubha Sunder (Fiction ’12),  Ani Gjika (Poetry ’10), and Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13). View more details on their website.

This reading’s theme is UNLOCKED: Reconsidering Home & Place, and the writers will be joined by musicians Giuseppe Paradiso and Jussi Reijonen.  Event page here.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Lisa Taddeo wins Pushcart Prize

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We’re happy to share that Lisa Taddeo, an incoming MFA candidate in fiction, won a Pushcart Prize for her short story “42”! The story was published in issue 36 of the New England Review last year, and can be read here.

Congratulations, Lisa!  We’re looking forward to reading more of your stories this fall.

Lisa Taddeo contributes to Esquire, New York, and Glamour, among others. She has published fiction in the New England Review and Esquire. Her pieces have been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing. She is currently at work on her debut nonfiction book for Simon & Schuster about desire and sexuality in America, and is a candidate for an MFA in Fiction in 2017.

Emma Duffy-Comparone wins second Pushcart, receives professorship

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We’re excited to announce that Emma Duffy-Comparone (Fiction 2012), who is currently on a fellowship at Yaddo, has won a second Pushcart Prize! The prize is for her story “The Devil’s Triangle,” which was originally published in the New England Review, and will appear in The Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses in November 2016. And, if that weren’t enough, Emma was recently hired as an assistant professor of creative writing at Merrimack College.

Way to go, Emma!  Congratulations!

Emma Duffy-Comparone’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, New England Review, One Story, AGNI, and elsewhere.  A recipient of two Pushcart Prizes (XXXIX and XLI), she has also received awards from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Corporation, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.  She will join Merrimack College in the fall as an assistant professor of creative writing.

Lisa Hiton wins AWP WC & C Prize

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We’re thrilled to announce that Lisa Hiton (Poetry 2011) has won the AWP Writers’ Conferences & Centers Prize for her submission “Dislocated Cities”!

Tarfia Faizullah, who judged the competition, had this to say about Lisa’s work:

These poems experience the concept of time broadly, deeply, and specifically. I’m impressed by the vivid and careful precision in these works as well as the patience of the author who wrote them. There is elegantly handled formal restraint here, but also a wild and vast reckoning with our histories and how we love others through and with them. How do we negotiate ourselves to our own histories and those of others? This author’s poems are beautiful and nuanced responses to that question.

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.

Tara Skurtu on Poetry Daily and Creative Mornings

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We’re excited to share that Tara Skurtu’s (Poetry ’13) poem “Tourniquet” was the Poetry Daily poem of the day for World Poetry Day! The poem originally appeared in the March/April ’16 Kenyon Review.

In addition, Tara was January’s featured speaker for the Bucharest chapter of the international CreativeMornings monthly breakfast lecture series. The theme was language, and she spoke about poetry.

You can see Tara’s talk here.

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

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.