Category: Alumni

Poets Who Sound Like Spring

Three BU poetry alums–Natasha Hakimi, Mike Brokos, and Sophie Grimes–have been featured in Stay Thirsty magazine!  The quarterly column was written by Abriana Jette, who is a BU alum herself.  Congrats, poets!  

Anthony Wallace’s novel named finalist for PEN/Hemingway Award

Fantastic news for Anthony (Tony) Wallace, whose novel The Old Priest has been named a finalist for the 2014 PEN/ Hemingway Award!  What a great honor.  We at Creative Writing are proud and impressed! Tony in The Times. As a finalist, Tony will attend the awards ceremony at the Kennedy Library on April 6 and also get a […]

Kelly Morse published in Brevity

Great news for Kelly Morse, whose essay, Saigon, was recently published in Brevity: a Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction. “There’s no room on the sidewalk, never is, no sloped exits. A moat of trash. The man’s breath explodes as he pushes out of potholes, waits for lights amidst the motorbikes; facing forward, his shoulder-blades droop […]

Qais Akbar Omar interviewed by The Economist

Qais Akbar Omar (Fiction, 2015) is interviewed today at The Economist’s Prospero literary blog. From the interview: WHEN the Taliban were forced out of Kabul in 2001, life began once again for Qais Akbar Omar. He helped rebuild the family carpet business, became an interpreter for the United Nations, worked on a Dari-language production of […]

Ashley Anna McHugh wins the New Criterion Poetry Prize

Ashley Anna McHugh has just been awarded the tenth annual New Criterion Poetry Prize for her new book, Into These Knots (Ivan R. Dee, October 2010). Ashley is a 2007 graduate of the Boston University Creative Writing MFA program in Poetry. For news and information about the New Criterion Poetry Prize, visit their website at […]

The Breukelein Institute honors Jhumpa Lahiri

Photo credit: Elena Seibert On Monday, November 15, 2010, The Breukelein Institute conferred its Gaudium Award upon four outstanding men and women: Stephen Colbert, Rick Curry, S.J., Carmen Dell’Orefice, and Jhumpa Lahiri, a graduate of the Boston University Creative Writing program in Fiction and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her debut collection of stories, […]

Alumni News

Happy November and welcome back to the blog! We’re happy to share the latest items in alumni news. -Congratulations to Kevin Shushtari (Fiction ’09), recipient of the Forugh Farrokhzad Fellowship Award: Janee J. Baugher (Poetry ’92)’s debut collection of poems, Coordinates of Yes (Alahada Books), was released in March 2010. Visit Janee’s website for […]

H.M. Naqvi’s Home Boy in the New York Times

Alumnus H.M. Naqvi’s debut novel, Home Boy, has garnered a glowing review in the Times; Joseph Salvatore calls it “smart and sorrowful… a remarkably engaging novel that delights as it disturbs.” You can read the full review here, visit Naqvi’s homepage, or read a little of the book by clicking below.

Women in Literary Arts (WILA) Conference

BU Alumna, Erin Belieu, along with Cate Marvin are planning a Women in Literary Arts Conference, and there is a considerable amount of excitement about the proposed conference, and I think a lot of our grads, and current students may be interested in attending. It’s likely to be in the Boston area, either in late […]

PEN/ O. Henry Prize Winners

We’ve just learned that Ha Jin and BU alumna E.V. Slate have been named winners of the PEN/ O. Henry Prize. Their stories “The House behind a Weeping Cherry” (Ha Jin), and “Purple Bamboo Park” (E.V. Slate) both appear in the forthcoming PEN/ O. Henry Prize Anthology. Congratulations to both!