Tracey Knapp wins 42 Miles Press Poetry Award

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Hearty congratulations to Tracey Knapp (poetry ’04), whose first book of poems, Mouth, has won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award!  Mouth will be published by 42 Miles Press (Indiana University) in September 2015.  You can read a poem from it here.

On writing the book, Tracey says,

It took a couple years after finishing my degree in poetry at Boston University before a clear path and voice began to emerge out of the many different directions my studies took me. I continued to take workshops outside of academia to keep myself on course, and eventually I was able to hold a group of poems in my hands and say, “Yes, this makes a book.”

Congrats, Tracey!

Tracey Knapp’s first book of poems, Mouth, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2014 and will be published in 2015. Her manuscript was also a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro Prize.  She has received scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fund. Mark Strand and Claudia Emerson each selected her poems for Best New Poets 2008 and 2010. Other work has appeared in Five Points, The National Poetry Review, Red Wheelbarrow Review, The New Ohio Review, The Minnesota Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Connotation Press and elsewhere.  Tracey earned a BFA in visual arts at Syracuse University, a Master’s degree in English at Ohio University and a Master’s degree in Poetry at Boston University in 2004.

Tara Skurtu’s upcoming readings

Skurtu photo standing 1 Martha StewartGlobe-trotting poet Tara Skurtu (poetry ’13) will be reading at an international poetry festival in Transylvania this coming weekend!  (Sibiu, Romania)  The festival includes twenty-three poets from thirteen countries (three continents).   Tara also read at RoHAM Bar in Budapest on the 15th and taught a workshop at the University of Szeged on the 16th through the Department of American Studies.

Congratulations, Tara!

Tara Skurtu teaches Creative Writing at Boston University, where she received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She was named one of Lloyd Schwartz’s 6 Favorite New Poets on WBUR’s Here and Now. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Dalhousie Review, the minnesota review, B O D Y, and The Los Angeles Review.
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Madelyn Rosenberg’s recent publications

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It’s been a productive year for Madelyn Rosenberg (fiction ’02), who has recently had three books published!  Dream Boy, a young adult novel that Rosenburg co-authored with one of her good friends, was released on July 1.  How to Behave at a Tea Party, illustrated by Heather Ross, came out last Tuesday, and Nanny X, a middle-grade novel, came out just yesterday.
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TEAPARTYCOVER (1) Congratulations, Madelyn!

Madelyn Rosenberg graduated from BU’s creative writing program in 2002. A former newspaper reporter, she is now a freelance writer in Arlington, Va., where she lives with her family. Since graduating from BU, Madelyn has focussed primarily on writing for children. Her books include The Schmutzy Family, Happy Birthday, Tree, A Tu B’Shevat Story and Canary in the Coal Mine.

The Latest on Kimberly Elkins’ What Is Visible

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Kimberly Elkins’ (fiction ’10) debut novel, What Is Visible (Grand Central/Twelve, 6/14) continues to garner critical acclaim! It received a wonderful review by Barbara Kingsolver on the cover of the New York Times Book Review and was picked as a NYTBR Editors’ Choice, in addition to being chosen as The Most Inspirational Book of 2014 by Woman’s Day, listed in Best Summer Debuts by the LA Times and Library Journal, and awarded the June Top Fiction Pick by Bookpage. What Is Visible was also featured recently on NBC’s Weekend Today Show, and on NPR Weekend Edition.

According to the Washington Post, “Elkins makes this great American woman visible again, in all her remarkable, fully human complexity”: The Atlanta Constitution-Journal calls the book “a literary triumph,” and the Toronto Star named it “a tour de force, uplifting and powerful.”  The Atlantic Monthly says:

“Kimberly Elkins gives Bridgman her defiant due in re-imagining her fascinating, now-forgotten story… The world Elkins discovers within is anything but muted. In tactile prose, she evokes a soul and a body with hungers (yes, there is sex) that none of Bridgman’s guides begins to imagine.”

Note that WIV is published by a division of Hachette, and so the battle between Amazon and Hachette is having a profound negative impact on sales–the book couldn’t even be pre-ordered!—so if you’re going to buy it, please don’t buy from Amazon.

Congratulations, Kimberly!

Antonio Elefano featured in list of great short stories

Antonio Elefano 2014Very cool news for Antonio Elefano, whose short story, “Italy,” was recently featured in a sweet Buzzfeed list: 29 Short Stories You Need To Read In Your Twenties!  Antonio’s story made it onto the same list as Joyce, Flannery O’Connor, Borges, Hemingway, and Vonnegut, as well as other greats.  Impressive, although we’d expect no less from a BU Creative Writing alum.  You can read “Italy” here.

Way to go, Antonio!

 

Antonio Elefano is a writer/professor/attorney living in Los Angeles, California. He teaches in the University of Southern California’s Writing Program and has previously taught at the University of Houston (where he was also a Writing Fellow) and Boston University. He has a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University. He has been published in 236 and The Journal.

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura published in the Nashville Review

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Exciting news for Luisa Caycedo-Kimura, who recently had two incredibly stirring poems, “Elena” and “Knitting,” published in Nashville Review. 

From “Elena”:

You are alive, your hair
the scent of jasmine. You laugh
as the walls of the room move out
then in, like lungs.

Congratulations, Luisa!

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura, a poet, translator, and Creative Writing Lecturer at Boston University, is the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow at Anderson Center, the 2014 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellow at Ragdale, and a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry. Luisa holds an MFA from Boston University. 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 was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Nashville Review, Jelly Bucket, Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, PALABRA, San Pedro River Review, Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, and elsewhere.

Sarah Handley published in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

handleyWonderful news for Sarah Handley (poetry ’14), whose poem, “On the Feast Day of John the Baptist,” was published in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place!  Sarah will receive her MFA from BU in September, and she’s recently returned from Scotland, where she was traveling and writing on a Global Fellowship.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Sarah Handley is completing an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where she is a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow. Her poems appear in Angle; A Clean, Well-Lighted Place; and The New Republic.

Robert Pinsky’s MOOC, “The Art of Poetry,” launches next month

Robert Pinsky’s “The Art of Poetry” MOOC (Massive Open Online Course, if you’re not hip to the lingo) launches this September!  With sweet chapters such as “Teasing, Flirting & Courting” (on sonnets), it’s bound to be fantastic.  The course runs for eight weeks and is run by edX in partnership with Boston University.  Join over 10,000 other poetry enthusiasts and sign up for it here.

Kelly Morse’s chapbook and recent publications

Morse HeadshotExciting news for poetry alum Kelly Morse (poetry ’12), whose piece of flash creative nonfiction, “Ritual”, recently came out on River Teeth Journal‘s Beautiful Things Blog.  In addition, another piece called “Open the Door and Here” will appear in Quarter After Eights upcoming issue.

And if that weren’t enough, we are so pleased to hear that Kelly’s chapbook manuscript, Natural Language, was a semi-finalist in YesYes Books‘ Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest!

Hearty congrats, Kelly!

Kelly Morse is a poet, nonfiction writer, and executive director of DEN: the Residency for Parenting Writers. Her work has appeared in Brevity, River Teeth, Alimentum and elsewhere. Currently, she is completing a cross-genre manuscript that explores linguistic and world-view gaps between SE Asian and US cultures based on her experience of living in Hanoi, Vietnam. More about her work can be found at: www.kelly-morse.com.

Lisa Hiton published in Slice

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The multi-talented Lisa Hiton has had two poems published in Slice!  You can purchase the issue or a subscription to the magazine here.  The theme of this month’s Slice is escape, and the editor promises that this issue “disrupts our everyday thinking” and “won’t let you see you life as you did before.”

Congratulations, Lisa!

Lisa Hiton holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University and an MEd 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.