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Sasenarine Persaud shortlisted for Guyana Prize for Literature

We’re pleased to share that Sasenarine Persaud’s (Fiction ’06) poetry collection, Love in a Time of Technology, was shortlisted for the Guyana Prize in Literature!  You can also see the announcement in the Guyana Chronicle, here. The judges had this to say about the book: “A fine collection of brief, succinct poems. The imagery is emotionally charged and reverberates with […]

Kelly Morse to publish chapbook in spring 2016

Kelly Morse (Poetry ’12) recently shared that her chapbook, Heavy Light, will be published by Two of Cups Press in spring 2016! Kelly says, “Heavy Light focuses on the ambivalence nested within motherhood, the trauma and strange joy of it.”  Above is a photo of Kelly and her daughter, which we thought fitting for this great news! Poems from […]

Nell Stevens’ memoir to be published by Picador, among others

We’re thrilled to announce that Nell Stevens (Fiction 2013) has sold her book to Picador in the UK, Doubleday in the US, and Knopf in Canada!  The book, called Bleaker House, is part memoir, part travelogue, and part short story collection.  It documents Nell’s time in the Falklands as she desperately tries–and fails–to write a novel, navigates intense loneliness, and comes […]

Calvin Olsen published in The Missouri Review

We are happy to share (a bit late!) that Calvin Olsen’s (Poetry 2011) poem “Territory” was featured as the Poem of the Week on The Missouri Review online.  You can also read “Territory” and another poem by Calvin called “I Wish the Moon” in our alumni journal, 236. Calvin says, I attempted to shape the poem to allow the reader to […]

Cara Bayles wins Chautauqua Journal Editors’ Prize

I’m excited to announce that my former classmate, Cara Bayles (Fiction 2013), won the Chautauqua Journal Editors’ Prize!  Cara first wrote the winning story, “Ostracita,” for a workshop with Leslie Epstein here at BU.  The piece will automatically be nominated for the Pushcart Prize as a condition of the contest. Congrats, Cara! and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for […]

Tara Skurtu to read at Poetry Festival in Romania

  Globetrotting poet Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13) will be reading at Poets in Transylvania, a poetry festival in Romania!  The festival features an excellent line-up, including Tara’s former teacher Lloyd Schwartz.  (Robert Pinsky, also listed, had to pull out at the last minute.)  Tara went to Romania on a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and has recently […]

Book Coauthored by Stacy Mattingly Made into Movie

In 2005, Stacy Mattingly (Fiction ’11) coauthored UNLIKELY ANGEL: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero with Ashley Smith. This Friday, September 18, Paramount Pictures will release a feature film based on the book!  CAPTIVE stars David Oyelowo (SELMA) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”).  HarperCollins has re-released the book under the film title. […]

Carla Panciera wins Grace Paley Prize

Carla Panciera’s (poetry ’87) short story collection, Bewildered, was chosen by Pam Houston to receive the Grace Paley Prize for short fiction!  The book was published by the University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2014, and was the first collection to have been written by a Massachusetts writer since UMass began publishing winning titles from this series in 1990. “What […]

Lucy Teitler’s play premieres in Pittsfield

We’re so happy to share that Lucy Teitler’s play Engagements is receiving its world premiere at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts!  You can buy tickets here. Engagements received a terrific review in the Globe, calling Lucy’s writing “whip-smart” and “filled with memorable lines.”  Jeremy D. Goodwin writes: What helps Engagements work — and it does so splendidly, […]

Nina Palisano on list of Best New Poets, 2015

We’re thrilled to announce that Nina Palisano (Poetry 2015) has been selected as one of 2015’s Best New Poets!  The full list, compiled by Tracy K. Smith, features fifty emerging poets and the titles of their winning poems.  Nina also won this year’s Academy of American Poets Prize at BU.  You can pick up a copy […]