Category: Grad Students

April 28th: International Women’s Writing Guild Retreat!

The International Women’s Writing Guild is offering a reduced rate for students to participate in its upcoming annual writer’s retreat. On April 28th, The International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) will host its 3rd Annual daylong writing retreat. Entitled Writing From Your Life, this immersive experience invites writers of all stages to discover how to unlock […]

Reedsy Short Story Contest

We’ve partnered with Reedsy for a short story contest! The three best submissions will win an editorial assessment from editor Laura Mae Isaacman, who has worked with T.C. Boyle, Lara Vapnyar, Joyce Carol Oates, Noam Chomsky, and many others. Read more about her here. To submit, write a short story that begins with the following sentence: “First place isn’t […]

Emily Yaremchuk and Eric McHenry win Mick Imlah Poetry Awards

We’re so proud to announce that two of our poets have won prizes in the Mick Imlah Poetry Awards!  Emily Yaremchuk (Poetry ’18) and Eric McHenry (Poetry ’97) tied for second place–Emily for her poem “Tabula Rasa,” and Eric for his poem “Picking a Prophet.” Emily (pictured), who is in this year’s MFA class, told us about the […]

Recommended Reading From Our MFAs

Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness? A: Reading. -David Bowie, who would have been 70 last Sunday, answering the Proust Questionnaire Below are a few of the books that our current MFAs read over winter break:   Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy -Kate Selker, fiction […]

Lisa Taddeo wins Pushcart Prize

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 […]

Dammy Aderibigbe’s latest publications

Michael “Dammy” Aderibigbe, one of our current poets, continues to have a productive year: He has recently published poems in the latest issues of cream city review, Fjords, and the Hawaii Review!  Dammy also has a chapbook out called In Praise of Our Absent Father, which was released last month by Akashik Books. Congratulations, Dammy!  We’re very proud of […]

Dammy Aderibigbe’s poem in RATTLE

We’re pleased to announce that Michael “Dammy” Aderibigbe’s poem “The Origin of Kindness” is forthcoming in RATTLE issue 50!  Dammy is currently in the MFA program for poetry at Boston University, where he studies with Robert Pinsky and Karl Kirchwey. Congrats, Dammy! D.M. Aderibigbe is from Nigeria. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, is an […]

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 […]

Jillian Jackson Awarded SBCF Emerging Artist Grant

We’re so proud to announce that current MFA candidate Jillian Jackson has received a prestigious St. Botolph’s Club Foundation (SBCF) Emerging Artist Grant!  SBCF is dedicated to promoting artistic and cultural enterprises of New Englanders through generous grants for artists “to whom it can make a difference through the combination of financial support, recognition, and endorsement.”  Some of the Creative […]

The MFA in Creative Writing: For Those Who Need to Write

This is a guest post by Michael Samuels (fiction 2015), who interviewed CW Program Director Karl Kirchwey for his take on the Creative Writing MFA. For Karl Kirchwey, prize-winning poet, translator, and director of creative writing at BU, existential questions surround the school’s prestigious Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. The top-ranked program, […]