Dariel Suarez finalist for New American Press Fiction Prize


Terrific news for Dariel Suarez (Fiction 2012), whose book of short stories, A Kind of Solitude, has been selected as a finalist for the New American Press Fiction Prize! The official announcement can be found here.  The book includes several short stories that Dariel worked on while in the MFA program.

In addition, a story from the collection, “Otto’s Body,” has been accepted by the press’s Editor-In-Chief for publication in MAYDAY Magazine, where the contest finalists will be highlighted.

Congratulations, Dariel!

Dariel Suarez is the author of the chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, available from Backbone Press. He earned his M.F.A. in fiction at Boston University and is one of the founding editors of Middle Gray Magazine. He has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, and Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Dariel’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and magazines, including Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Florida Review, Southern Humanities Review, and The Caribbean Writer, as well as several anthologies. Dariel is currently finishing revisions on a novel about a Cuban political prisoner, titled The Playwright’s House.

Natasha Hakimi Zapata launches poetry series for Truthdig


Poetry alum Natasha Hakimi Zapata (MFA ’12) has just launched the poetry section of the award-winning news website, Truthdig!  Read the first poem here, and submit here.

Congrats, Natasha, and we’re looking forward to seeing more poems in Truthdig soon!

Natasha Hakimi Zapata is an Assistant Editor at the Webby Award-winning web site, Truthdig, as well as editor of its new poetry series. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has received several awards for creative writing, including the May Merill Miller Award for Poetry in 2008 and 2010, the Ruth Brill Award for short fiction in 2010 and the Falling Leaves Award in 2010. Most recently she was awarded the 2012 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and was a semifinalist for the Dzanc Books/ Guernica International Literary Award. You can follow her on Twitter @natashakimiz and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/natashakimizapata) for more updates.

Renee Emerson’s book a finalist for 2014 Julie Suk Award


We’re excited to announce that Renee Emerson’s book, Keeping Me Still, is a finalist for the 2014 Jacar Press Julie Suk Award!  The award is given for the best poetry book published by an independent press.  This exquisite collection–some of which we had the pleasure of hearing at the Lowell Reading last fall–is full of tender and unexpected glimpses into relationships between sisters, mother and daughter, and husband and wife.  Buy your copy here.

Congratulations, Renee!  We’re so proud of you and will be keeping our fingers crossed.

Renee Emerson is the author of Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing 2014). Her poetry has been published in 32 Poems, Christianity and Literature, Indiana Review, Literary Mama, Southern Humanities Review, storySouth, and elsewhere. Renee teaches creative writing and composition at a small Christian university in Georgia, where she lives with her husband and daughters.

Laura Marris awarded MacDowell Colony Fellowship


Laura Marris (poetry ’13) has been awarded a month-long fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, the oldest and one of the most prestigious arts colonies in the United States!  Former MacDowell fellows of note include Michael Chabon and Thornton Wilder.  Laura will leave for New Hampshire in just a few days to work on poems and French translation.

Congratulations, Laura, and all best wishes for a productive fellowship!

Laura Marris has taught poetry at Boston University, most recently through Robert Pinsky’s Massive Open Online Course “The Art of Poetry.” Her work has received a Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club and a Hurley Award from Boston University. Her poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in MeridianDMQ Review, H.O.W., SecousseThe Brooklyn Rail, and The Wallace Stevens Journal. She is currently working on a translation of Louis Guilloux’s novel Le Sang noir for the New York Review of Books Classics.

Lisa Hiton published in The Literary Review


We’re thrilled to see that Lisa Hiton’s poem, “Reaction Wood,” has been published in a special issue of The Literary Review!  The issue focuses on women’s studies, and editor Minna Proctor describes the work in it as “entirely exploratory, wildly diverse, gleefully inconclusive.” 

Hearty congrats, Lisa!

Lisa Hiton holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, and The Cortland Review, among others. She has received the Esther B Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center and a nomination for the Pushcart Prize.


Tara Skurtu published in Paper Darts

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Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13) has had two poems published in Paper Darts: “Operating System” and “Feeding Time.”  Both are single-sentence gems full of energy!  Be sure to also browse Paper Darts, which is a publishing press and creative agency as well as a literary magazine.

In addition, Tara’s poem “Indian River at Dusk” was featured in a Romanian magazine, Zona Nouă (New Zone).  The publication includes audio, the original English, and a Romanian translation by poet and scholar Radu Vancu. Tara traveled to Romania on her Global Fellowship and returns often to teach, write, and read at various venues, so it’s especially exciting to see her work translated into Romanian.

Congratulations, Tara!

Tara Skurtu teaches at Boston University, where she received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Dalhousie Review, and the minnesota review. Her poems have been translated into Romanian and Hungarian.

Abriana Jetté’s anthology debuts at #1


Such terrific news for Abriana Jetté, whose anthology, 50 Whispers: Poems by Extraordinary Women, debuted at #1 in women’s poetry on Amazon shortly before the new year! The book remains in the top 100 Kindle ebooks this week, and is a stunning compilation of poetry by a range of female writers including Emily Dickinson, Phillis Wheatley, Sappho, H.D., Jane Austen, and Gertrude Stein.

Congratulations, Abe!

Abriana Jetté is the editor of the #1 best selling anthology in women’s poetry, 50 Whispers, and writes a quarterly column on emerging poets for Stay Thirsty magazine. She teaches for St. John’s University and the City University of New York.

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura published in Mid-American Review

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We’re excited to begin 2015 by announcing that Luisa Caycedo-Kimura (Poetry ’13) has been published in a special issue of the Mid-American Review.  Her poem “Un Jardín en Tolima” is in issue 35.1, the first of two 35th anniversary issues of MAR.  

Congratulations, Luisa!

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura was the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow at the Anderson Center at Tower View, the 2014 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellow at Ragdale, and a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry. Born in Colombia and raised in New York City, a former attorney, Luisa left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. She has received various awards for her poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Nashville Review, Jelly Bucket, Connecticut Review, PALABRA, Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, and elsewhere.

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 email at crwr@bu.edu.  Very best wishes for your holidays from BU Creative Writing!

Here are some literary links:

Must-read wisdom from Wendell Berry:
“Good work finds the way between pride and despair. It graces with health. It heals with grace. It preserves the given so that it remains a gift.”

A witty, wordy letter.

Gift ideas from Harvard Book Store.

Gift ideas from Miranda July?  (This is so cool.)  Click on an object to see its corresponding passage.

Another gift idea, and the chapter from whence it came.

Jan Morris on books:
“I am all too easily seduced by almost any kind of book. The name of the author entices me of course, the subject, sometimes the title, the opinion of critics I respect, a handsome jacket, elegant typography, the intoxicating smell of a volume and occasionally just a bibliophile’s foolish impulse.”

Did you know that Joseph Brodsky wrote a Christmas poem every year?  Here’s one, translated by Derek Walcott.

Happy fourth day of Hanukkah! A Hanukkah poem by Emma Lazarus.

“The Burglar at Christmas” by Willa Cather, published under her pseudonym.

A winter poem by William Carlos Williams.

Erin Belieu’s latest reviewed in the NY Times, and Literary Links












We were delighted to see that the latest poetry collection by Erin Belieu, Slant Six (Copper Canyon Press), was reviewed on the first page of the Arts section of the New York TimesTimes critic Dwight Gardner was largely favorable in his review, saying, “It’s got more smoke, more confidence, more wit and less tolerance for obscurity. Her crisp free verse has as many subcurrents as a magnetic field.”

Click here to buy a copy.

This was the last week of classes here at BU, and we had our last Black Box Reading of the semester on Tuesday, and went to an AGNI party (with readings) on Thursday.  We’re looking forward to even more program parties over the weekend, and wish you all the very best of luck in your final papers and exams!

Now for some Friday links:

What you should read next.

I recently read Jeffrey Eugenides’ hugely entertaining The Marriage Plot

Why the marriage plot need never get old.

Truman Capote’s poignant short story, “A Christmas Memory.”

Five subway haiku.

Don’t let go of the potato?  Here’s a foreign idiom quiz from the Atlantic.

Robert Pinsky in the New Yorker this week.

And this week’s fiction, by Elizabeth McKenzie, which I was quite moved by.

Why you should never date a writer.

A couple Advent poems: “Expectans Expectavi” by Anne Ridler and “The Minor Prophets” by Michael Lind.

Happy holidays, all!