Sara Rivera’s latest news


Good news abounds for Sara Rivera (poetry ’13)!  Sara has three poems out in Origins: Issue 2, and her poem “baltic sea” was published with an audio recording and is live at DIALOGIST.  She was also recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Winnowing,” published in 2013 by the Loft Anthology.

In addition, Sara is a talented visual artist, and she will be designing a poetry installation for the Paseo Taos fall arts festival!  You also may have admired her work if you saw our Faculty Reading and Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer posters this year, which she designed.

Congratulations, Sara!

SARA D. RIVERA is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, now based in Boston. She holds a BFA in Art Studio and a BA in English from the University of New Mexico, an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Boston University, and was awarded a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry for travel in Ireland. Her artistic and literary practice includes visual art, music, performance, poetry, and Spanish/English translation. Her work has appeared in the Loft Anthology‘s “Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art,” Origins Literary, and elsewhere, and she works as a teaching and collaborating artist at the Urbano Project and GrubStreet.

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura published in FRIGG and Mid-American Review


Luisa Caycedo-Kimura has recently published five poems in FRIGG magazine!  Read them here.  And please check out her charming interview with Mid-American Review, in which she talks about writing, regrets, and insects.  Luisa’s poem, “Un Jardin en Tolima,” was published in the most recent issue 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, Luisa left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. She has received numerous awards for her poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Nashville Review, Jelly Bucket, Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, and elsewhere.

Tara Skurtu’s poem on the Red Line!



We’re thrilled to see Tara Skurtu’s (poetry ’13) poem on the MBTA Red Line! Thanks to Mass Poetry‘s Poetry on the T contest and the public’s vote, Tara’s poem will be featured on the T for the month of May.  It’s called “Anyone’s Son” and was written for the family of Trayvon Martin.

About seeing her poem on the train, Tara says, “It was unlike any experience I’ve ever had. I sat below it and watched people’s faces as they read it. I could see their eyes going across the lines, could see the poem being processed real-time. It was amazing to see. I felt like I was the page of a book, in a sense. “

Congratulations Tara!

Tara Skurtu teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara’s poems have been translated into Romanian and Hungarian, and her recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Plume, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Common, and Tahoma Literary Review.

Nina Palisano finalist for Raynes Prize

habitat (1)Great news from Nina Palisano (poetry ’15) whose poetry has recently been published in a slew of places!

“On Horror” appears in the Washington Square Review“Dear Girl” in the Bellevue Literary Review, and “Letter After An Illness” in Winter Tangerine Review – all in the spring issues of these journals.

In addition, Nina’s poem “Daniel Dreams” has been named a finalist for the Jewish Currents’ Raynes Poetry Prize, and will be featured in an anthology from the Jewish Currents publishing imprint later this year.

Congratulations, Nina!

Antonina Palisano holds a degree in religion and creative writing from Hampshire College, and is most of the way through an MFA in poetry at Boston University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the publications listed, as well as the Massachusetts Review, Potluck Magazine, Electric Cereal, and many others. She is an Elizabeth Leonard Teaching Fellow at BU, and lives in Medford, MA.

Tara Skurtu receives Fulbright, publishes new work

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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 giving poetry and translation workshops to young Romanian writers.

In addition, Tara’s poem, “Derivatives,” has been published in the Tahoma Literary Review and can be read here.  This poem is about her experience in Romania during her Global Fellowship.

Congratulations, Tara!  We’re so proud of you, and we wish you all the best during your Fulbright!

Tara Skurtu teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara’s poems have been translated into Romanian and Hungarian, and her recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Plume, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Common, and Tahoma Literary Review.

Sasenarine Persaud’s latest publications

Jun 2014We’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 well as Ha Jin’s A Map of Betrayal, which was published last fall, and Rachel DeWoskin’s Blind.

Congratulations, Sase!

Sasenarine Persaud is the author of twelve books of fiction and poetry. His awards include: The KM Hunter Foundation Award (Toronto) and fellowships from the University of Miami and Boston University. Persaud initiated the term Yogic Realism to define his literary aesthetics. His most recent books are Love in a Time of Technology (TSAR Books, Toronto, 2014), Lantana Strangling Ixora (TSAR Books, Toronto, 2011), Unclosed Entrances: Selected Poems (Caribbean Press, Warwick & Georgetown, 2011) and In a Boston Night (TSAR, Toronto, 2008).

He has been described as “one of those rare poets who gets the recipe of humanness exactly right” (Canadian Literature); and his poetry as “miniature rags, sensuous units of Indian music obeying conventions mysterious to western ears” (The Globe and Mail). Persaud was born in Guyana and has lived in Canada for several years. He tarries in Florida.

Mike Brokos published in Cimarron Review and Poet Lore

brokos_photo_altWe’re happy to share Mike Brokos’ (poetry 2012) recent publications!   Mike has published two poems in the current issue of Cimarron Review (Winter 2015, “Indigenous” and “November View”) and another in the current issue of Poet Lore (Spring/Summer 2015,“The Leash”).





Here are some excerpts from his work:

from “The Leash”:
I’d feel my body start to sink with yours

into a silent intuition, since it was too dark
for anything but whispering, too dark
to navigate the cliff of clay that broke the trail

by anything but memory…

from “November View”:
But for the two or three months that the vision
dimmed for the two of you, communing
across such distance; and when your parents
decided on their own list of your would-be wives;
and when you withdrew from everyone—
in the midst of that eclipse, what dawned on you…

Congratulations, Mike!

Mike Brokos (Poetry 2012) was a Bread Loaf Camargo Fellow in Cassis, France in 2014 and has also received a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont.  His poems appear in Salamander, Little Patuxent Review, Hobart, and elsewhere.  He lives in Baltimore.

Shubha Sunder’s latest publications










Great news from Shubha Sunder (fiction 2012), who has had not one, but two short stories published in journals recently!  “The Footbridge” appears in the winter issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review, and “Second Language” can be read online at The Bangalore Review.

Congratulations, Shubha!  And we’re looking forward to reading your novel when it comes out.

Shubha Sunder (Fiction 2012) is currently at work on her first novel, titled Boomtown Girl. Her stories have most recently appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review, The Bangalore Review, and Narrative Magazine, where she was a winner of the 2012 “30 Below” contest. At BU she won the Robert Fitzgerald Prize and the Shmuel Traum Prize for her translation of Marcel Proust. She also won the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award, and a Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship, which took her to Russia. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Boston.

Jordan Zandi’s first poetry collection forthcoming in 2016


We’re excited to announce that Jordan Zandi’s (poetry 2010) first book of poems is forthcoming by Sarabande books next February!  You can read the title poem here.  Below, Jordan shares a bit about the making of Solarium.

Many poems from Solarium – and, probably more importantly, the process by which I worked on them – took root in the workshops at Boston University, though only pieces might remain recognizable from those earlier drafts.  I was doing a lot of collage-style generation and revision with that work, and some of the final poems came from two, three, even five, separate poems being grafted onto one another.  Others – and here I think of the title poem in particular, which took around two years start to finish – went through dozens of re-drafts, shedding portions that themselves turned into poems, or that proved to be the missing piece to another poem, or that added to what eventually became a 12-page compost-heap.  I love what’s fragmentary, what’s left out, but I also love the intuited shape, the impression that it might be whole; and it’s hard to make those fragments make a whole.

Thanks for these thoughts, Jordan, and congratulations!

Jordan Zandi holds an MFA from Boston University, where he was the recipient of an Elizabeth Leonard Fellowship and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship.  His work has appeared inThe New Republic, Little Star, and elsewhere.  He is co-founder and poetry editor of Prodigal, a forthcoming literary magazine of poetry and essays.  His first poetry collection, Solarium, won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and will be published by Sarabande Books in February of 2016.

Beth O’Sullivan published in Belle Reve Literary Journal


Terrific news from Beth O’Sullivan (fiction 1983), whose short story, “Swings,” was published in the Belle Reve Literary Journal.  You can read the full story here.  Beth studied fiction at BU with Leslie Epstein and Jayne Anne Phillips, who will be re-joining our faculty this fall as a Visiting Professor.

Congratulations, Beth!

Beth O’Sullivan studied writing with a fellowship at the Boston University Creative Writing Program. She has published book reviews in The Boston Herald and stories in Free Parking, Sidelines, 236 Journal, The Tower Journal, Belle Reve Literary Journal, and upcoming in 99 Pine Street and After Happy Hour Review.  The support of two patrons enables her to write fiction in Paris part of the year. She advocates for others to similarly support individual artists.  It was just such patronship support that enabled To Kill A Mockingbird to be written.