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Boston Writers Involved in New Writers’ Coalition

Boston University Creative Writing Alum Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13) and AGNI founder Askold Melnyczuk are involved in a new, international coalition of writers dedicated to protecting democratic values. As members of the steering committee of Writers for Democratic Action, they (and other members such as Peter Balakian, Carolyn Forché, Jericho Brown, and Natasha Tretheway) have committed themselves […]

A.J. Odasso publishes third book, The Sting of It

                We’re very happy to announce that A.J. Odasso’s (Poetry ’16) third collection, The Sting of It, is forthcoming in 2019!  It will be published by Tolsun Books, and is an expanded version of A.J.’s BU M.F.A. poetry thesis. The manuscript was shortlisted for the Sexton Prize in July of 2017 […]

Nell Stevens at the Brookline Booksmith

Nell Stevens (Fiction ’13) will be reading from her latest book, The Victorian and the Romantic, at the Brookline Booksmith next Tuesday (8/7) at 7 pm!  All are welcome.  A historical memoir, this unique  book weaves two love stories together across time.  Chapters alternate between Elizabeth Gaskell’s romance with the American critic Charles Eliot Norton and Nell’s own relationship with Max, […]

Jason Villemez’s recent publications

We’re so proud of former journalist Jason Villemez (Fiction ’16), who has recently published several pieces!  The story “Position,” which Jason workshopped with Jennifer Haigh and his BU fiction classmates, has been published in Foglifter, a San Francisco lit journal.  Foglifter is a new journal that publishes only LGBT work.  They also published an essay that Jason wrote about his […]

Jacob Strautmann Awarded MCC Fellowship

Jacob Strautmann (Poetry ’00) has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Artistic Fellowship!  The MCC committee reviewed poems from his forthcoming book The Land of the Dead is Open for Business (Four Way Books, Spring 2020!). Visit Jake’s MCC Artist Fellowship Page here.  To read more about the fellowship, click here. Finalists of the MCC Fellowships include alumni Kirun Kapur (also Poetry ’00) […]

Dariel Suarez’s latest publications

We’re very pleased to share Dariel Suarez’s recent fiction publications!  The title story of his collection, which Dariel says got him into BU’s MFA program, has just been published by The Florida Review. Here’s a link to the issue, where you can read an excerpt of his story “A Kind of Solitude.” Dariel’s short story “The Comforter,” […]

The Back Porch Collective to read this Saturday!

                    The Back Porch Collective began when a group of writers got together to share work, have meaningful conversations, and enjoy live music. The group includes BU alumni Shubha Sunder (Fiction ’12), Stacy Mattingly (Fiction ’11), Ani Gjika (Poetry ’10), Dariel Suarez (Fiction ’12), and Tara Skurtu […]

Tara Skurtu receives Fulbright, publishes new work

Exciting news from Tara Skurtu (poetry ’13), who has been awarded a Fulbright to Romania for the 2015-2016 academic year!  Tara will be reading her work at the International Poetry Festival in Sibiu, Romania this September with Robert Pinsky and Lloyd Schwartz (her former teachers!).  She’ll spend the rest of her time teaching ESL at the University of Transylvania in Brasov and […]

Sasenarine Persaud’s latest publications

We’re pleased to announce that Sasenarine Persaud’s (fiction ’06) essay, “Letter from Boston,” has been published in Wasafiri (London)!  Sase has also had five poems published in the online spring issue of Dasun (Malaysia).  In addition, the spring issue of Bostonia reviews the work of several BU MFA alums, including Sase’s latest book of poetry, Love in the Time of Technology, as […]

Friday links, holiday edition.

The winter solstice is this Sunday, which means the sun will be shining a little longer each day following.  Hurrah!  I am planning to read this and this (snagged an advance copy from a friend) over the holidays.  The office will be closed here from tomorrow until January 5, but you can still reach us via […]