Category: Alumni

Cara Bayles wins Chautauqua Journal Editors’ Prize

I’m excited to announce that my friend and 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 […]

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, […]

Jessica Ullian publishes essay in BuzzFeed Books

Jessica Ulliam (fiction ’09) has recently published a moving and insightful essay about the struggles of being both a parent and a writer.  Here’s an excerpt: I write from this place of forced calm because the alternative is not to write at all. I could accept that the free-spirited imagination I once had has been forever subsumed […]

Micah Nathan publishes essay in Vanity Fair

Micah Nathan (Fiction 2010) has published an essay re-visiting The Seven-Year Itch on its 60th anniversary. Read his excellent review of the Monroe film–and of Marilyn herself–here. Read Micah’s VF essay about enjoying the finer things in life here. Congrats, Micah! Micah Nathan has written several novels, some ignored, most well-received. His short stories have appeared in The […]

Lisa Hiton published in The Adroit Journal

We’re happy to announce that Lisa Hiton (Poetry 2011) has just been published in The Adroit Journal!  Click here to read her poems “In Response to Trees” and “Variation on Testimony,” each accompanied by an audio-recording of Lisa reading her work. Congratulations, Lisa! Lisa Hiton holds an M.F.A in Poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts […]

Kelly Morse Wins Translation Prize

Terrific news from Kelly Morse (poetry ’12) whose translations of censored Vietnamese poet Ly Doi recently won Lunch Ticket magazine’s Gabo Prize for Translation and Multi-Lingual Texts. Kelly says she began these translations while in Rosanna Warren’s Translation Seminar during her time in the MFA program at BU. The judge Dan Bellm, a poet and translator, had this to […]

Tara Skurtu’s Latest Publications

Tara Skurtu (poetry ’13) continues to be one of our most prolific alumni. In addition to a Fulbright and a poem recently published on the T, Tara’s poem “Night Communion” will appear in the July issue of Plume online, “Long Poem, Bucharest” is in the spring issue of Poetry Wales, and her poems “Desire” and “Limit” appear in […]