Shaaru Menon published in Kweli Journal

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We’re so pleased to announce that Shaaru Menon (Fiction 2012) has published a short story in Kweli!  Here’s the beginning, to give you a taste:

By the time Neeli met Hassan he was a nobody. His last successful film was almost a decade ago and even that hadn’t gone beyond two weeks at the box office. He didn’t get invited to the annual award functions, wasn’t part of any film associations, and had slowly slipped through the cracks, well on his way to invisibility…

Click here to read the full text of “Mistakes Were Made.”  Congratulations, Shaaru!

Shaaru Menon (2012) is a fiction writer from Kochi, India. This is her first published story. She lives in Chicago.

Literary Links

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BU Creative Writing wishes you a happy Friday!  And here are some literary links to start off your weekend.

Dan Chiasson reviews Claudia Rankine’s latest.

Whoa.  A Jane Austen video game, in which one plays to win the sympathy of Elizabeth Bennett.

What Mark Twain’s mother taught him about compassion.

Novelist Don DeLillo reviews a Taylor Swift track.

The Boston Book Festival is this weekend!

Aaron Copland’s 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s advice to his daughter, Scottie (and one Slate writer’s quite strong opinion on it).

How to write a sentence.

The breathtaking third movement of Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata, “The Alcotts.”  (After Louisa May Alcott and her father.)

Hope your weekend is full of wild and whirling words.

Dariel Suarez publishes poetry chapbook and non-fiction piece

dsIt’s rare that a writer excels in more than one form–let alone three different ones–but Dariel Suarez (Fiction 2012) is doing just that: his poetry chapbook, In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, was recently released, and his nonfiction piece “Becoming a Man” has been published in the latest issue of The Caribbean Writer (volume 28)!  The chapbook is available for pre-order here and the pre-sale period ends November 20th.  

Congratulations, Dariel!

Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer who came to the United States in 1997. He earned his M.F.A. in fiction at Boston University, where he was a Global Fellow. Dariel is a founding editor of Middle Gray Magazine and has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, and Boston University’s Metropolitan College. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and magazines, including Prairie Schooner, The Florida Review, Southern Humanities Review, Gargoyle, Superstition Review, and Baltimore Review, as well as several anthologies. He’s recently completed a story collection set in his native country, and he’s at work on a novel about a Cuban political prisoner, titled The Playwright’s House. More about Dariel can be found at www.darielsuarez.com.

Abriana Jette in Conversation with Robert Pinsky

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Check out this wonderful conversation with Robert Pinsky in Stay Thirsty magazine!  It’s filled with nuggets of wisdom on a slew of things — from Dante to music to making meaning — all prompted by insightful questions from Abriana Jetté  (Poetry 2012).  From the interview:

“It’s the sound of meaning that I crave and concentrate on: Frost talks about hearing a conversation through a closed door. A toddler can make the sounds of meaning—which is to say, meaning—in a language, before quite forming words. If one gets that right, then something in the human condition can express itself through you . . . audible to anyone who says the words of your poem, in that person’s imagination or actually. You don’t need to be there to perform it, the reader will hear it, in that reader’s own actual or imagined voice. That is the unique intimacy of poetry.”

Congratulations, Abriana, and thank you for sharing this!

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Abriana Jetté is an internationally published poet, essayist, and educator from Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in dozens of journals, including the Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, The Iron Horse Literary Review, The American Literary Review, and 491 Magazine. She teaches at St. Johns’s University and the City University of New York, writes a regular column for Stay Thirsty Magazine that focuses on emerging poets and she is the editor of the recently published book, The Best Emerging Poets of 2013, that debuted on Amazon as the #3 Best Seller in Poetry Anthologies.

Creative Writing Program Director Karl Kirchwey featured in BU Today

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Karl Kirchwey teaching poetry MFA candidates in the historic room 222.

We’re excited to see this article about Karl Kirchwey in BU Today!  In addition to being the director of the Creative Writing Program, Karl is an award-winning poet, scholar, translator, arts curator, and teacher of poetry.  His work inquires deeply into a vast array of disparate subjects, including physics, biology, Roman history, religion, and mythology–to name just a few.  On Karl, Robert Pinsky says, “In a period when some American poets have been concerned either with the problematic nature of language on one side, or the nuances of individual psychology on the other, the presence of historical reality in Kirchwey’s work is to be honored.”

We’re grateful to have Karl as both our program director and professor of one of the graduate-level poetry workshops.  On teaching, Karl says, “For me, the opportunity to talk about poems in the company of other people who care about poetry is huge—it’s a huge privilege and an opportunity.”

Read the full article here.

Literary Links

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A Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, c. 1776.

We’ve been quite busy here at BU Creative Writing — on Tuesday, Katie McGunagle and Nina Palisano read at Writers at the Black Box, the first one of the year! — and tonight, Jeff Huizinga and Daniel Leonard will be reading at the Breakwater Reading Series at Brookline Booksmith (7 PM).  Please come support our current MFA candidates!

Here are some literary links to start off your fall weekend:

Check out this new independent press, Eyewear, based in the UK.  (They’re open to submission queries.)

Pinsky, Wine, & Jazz tomorrow night.

I’ve been reading Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal, modeled after M.F.K. Fisher’s classic How to Cook a Wolf, and it’s filled with delightful and philosophical meditations on food and living.

“It’s possible to bend language to your will, to invest extraordinary amounts of effort and care to make words do what you want them to do.” – Seth Godin

The George Saunders Fan Club (me + three reading friends) is reading “Victory Lap” for next week’s meeting.  Did you know George has a B.S. in geophysical engineering from Colorado School of Mines?

Yesterday was Oscar Wilde’s birthday. Here are a few of his Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated.

Happy Friday from BU Creative Writing, and we hope your weekend is filled with wild and whirling words.

Black Box reading tonight!

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Leanne Hoppe published by Driftwood Press

lhLeanne Hoppe (poetry ’14) has had a poem published in Driftwood Press.  Hurrah! The poem, inspired by the film El Topo, is called “Western,” and is followed by a brief interview.  Leanne says, “When something happens that I think about for a long time, I like to try and write it.”

By the way, be sure to check out her excellent blog as she travels the US and Europe as a Global Fellow here.

Congratulations, Leanne!

Leanne Hoppe is a 2013-2014 MFA candidate in poetry at Boston University. She likes copyediting, bicycling, and goats.

Literary Links

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Happy Friday from BU Creative Writing!

Here are some literary links for your weekend:

This week was the kickoff of Robert Pinsky’s Art of Poetry MOOC, and we’re excited that it now has over 15,000 students.

Be sure to check out our current Global Fellows’ blogs.

Leslie Epstein’s Pinto and Sons–eleven years in the making–is now available in digital format on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Googlebooks, and Smashwords.  Congratulations, L!

Liz Danzico on choosing one thing to do every day.

A fascinating, moving conversation with Marilynne Robinson.

Christopher Hitchens on the word “like.”

A metaphor for writing and for life, from choreographer Merce Cunningham: “Falling is one of the ways of moving.”

How to be polite (and more importantly, how to have empathy).

An exquisite poem I recently discovered by Sharon Bryan.

The creator of the marshmallow test on self-control.

Hope your weekends are filled with wild and whirling words.

236 Call for Submissions

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Dear BU Creative Writing Alumni,

We plan to release a new issue of 236, the MFA alumni journal, in December!

236 is looking for:

1. Fiction and poetry from alumni of the BU Creative Writing program.  Please send up to 2 pieces of prose and/or up to 5 poems.  Previously published work is fine.

2. Essays on craft, and/or essays about something valuable you learned from a Creative Writing faculty member.  (Between 1,000 – 3,000 words)

3. One poetry alum to interview Karl Kirchwey, the program’s new director, for the upcoming issue.

Deadline: October 22, 2014

Please send your work to Catherine Con at crwr@bu.edu with the subject line: 236 submission, or snail mail it to her at:

Creative Writing Program
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215