Lucy Teitler’s play premieres in Pittsfield


We’re so happy to share that Lucy Teitler’s play Engagements is receiving its world premiere at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts!  You can buy tickets here.

Engagements received a terrific review in the Globe, calling Lucy’s writing “whip-smart” and “filled with memorable lines.”  Jeremy D. Goodwin writes:

What helps Engagements work — and it does so splendidly, on the whole — is that it doesn’t set out to be a generational anthem. Though it’s indeed au courant, this is no “The Big Chill” for Tinder users. At center, it’s the portrait of a fascinatingly complex woman…

Congratulations, Lucy!

Lucy Teitler (Fiction 2013) is a Contributing Writer at Motherboard, the tech section of VICE Media.  She has recently published a short story in Trop. Her play Engagements was produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York last March. 

Nina Palisano on list of Best New Poets, 2015

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We’re thrilled to announce that Nina Palisano (Poetry 2015) has been selected as one of 2015’s Best New Poets!  The full list, compiled by Tracy K. Smith, features fifty emerging poets and the titles of their winning poems.  Nina also won this year’s Academy of American Poets Prize at BU.  You can pick up a copy of the Best New Poets 2015 anthology this November here.

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 theMassachusetts Review, Potluck Magazine, Electric Cereal, and many others. She is an Elizabeth Leonard Teaching Fellow at BU, and lives in Medford, MA.

Jessica Ullian publishes essay in BuzzFeed Books


Jessica Ulliam (fiction ’09) has recently published a moving and insightful essay about the struggles of being both a parent and a writer.  Here’s an excerpt:

I write from this place of forced calm because the alternative is not to write at all. I could accept that the free-spirited imagination I once had has been forever subsumed by parenthood. But I fear that would bring its own hazards. My writing, however stunted, still brings me the peace that comes from recognizing and feeding a part of myself. In turn, I bring that peace to parenting, able to give more of myself to my children because I am still a writer, even if only half the writer I want to be.

Read the essay here.

Congratulations, Jessica!

Jessica Ullian’s essays and short stories have appeared in Slate, Slice, and Upstreet, and won recognition from Glimmer Train and The Review Review. She lives in Boston and is completing The Relief Season, a novel about hurricane relief workers. Follow her on Twitter at @jessicau.

Micah Nathan publishes essay in Vanity Fair


Micah Nathan (Fiction 2010) has published an essay re-visiting The Seven-Year Itch on its 60th anniversary. Read his excellent review of the Monroe film–and of Marilyn herself–here.

Read Micah’s VF essay about enjoying the finer things in life here.

Congrats, Micah!

Micah Nathan has written several novels, some ignored, most well-received. His short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Bellingham Review, Glimmer Train, and others. He Tweets frequently, but not so often as to be annoying. Find him @micahnathan.

Lisa Hiton published in The Adroit Journal


We’re happy to announce that Lisa Hiton (Poetry 2011) has just been published in The Adroit Journal!  Click here to read her poems “In Response to Trees” and “Variation on Testimony,” each accompanied by an audio-recording of Lisa reading her work.

Congratulations, 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.

Happy Friday.
















Today is the birthday of novelist and civil rights activist Pearl. S. Buck, the youngest ever female Nobel laureate.  Click here to read her wisdom on creativity and writing.

And here are some links to start off your weekend:

What the folks at the New Yorker are reading this summer.

The daily routines of some famous creatives.

A story by Stuart Dybek.

Some very comma mistakes, and how to fix them.

“Another Story About Me and Some Guy” by Kathy Fish.

An underrated Beatles’ song and its background.

A poem by Frank Stamford.

Calling all past Global Fellows! Submit your work to Harvard Book Store’s travel writing anthology.

Heads up: summer warehouse sale at Harvard Book Store on Saturday and Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kelly Morse Wins Translation Prize

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Terrific news from Kelly Morse (poetry ’12) whose translations of censored Vietnamese poet Ly Doi recently won Lunch Ticket magazine’s Gabo Prize for Translation and Multi-Lingual Texts. Kelly says she began these translations while in Rosanna Warren’s Translation Seminar during her time in the MFA program at BU. The judge Dan Bellm, a poet and translator, had this to say about her translations:

“Boiled – Steamed – Raw,” poet Lý Đợi’s biting trio of diatribes against many forms of repression and violence in present-day Vietnam, plays brilliantly with the metaphorical structure of traditional recipes from the north, center, and south of his country. In his hands, these become the doctrinaire instruction manuals of hell, complete with helpful slogans for chanting along. But the tonal shifts, word play, and cultural and political references readily accessible to any native speaker of the language must have made this work especially daunting to translate. Kelly Morse skillfully interweaves a range of registers from high bureaucratic doublespeak and textbook blandness to Buddhist meditation, street slang and song to allow us entry into an underground, officially banned view of Vietnamese society we are unlikely to get anywhere else but in poems. “Boiled – Steamed – Raw” is very fine work.

– Dan Bellm, poet, translator, and author of Practice and Buried Treasure

Hearty congratulations, Kelly!

Kelly Morse is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, and translator. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, Alimentum, Quarter After Eight and elsewhere, while her translations have appeared in Asymptote. A graduate of Boston University’s MFA program, she has had work nominated for Best of the Net, and she is a Vermont Studio Center fellowship recipient.

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 the newest issue of Redivider.

Tara notes that this recent work was inspired by her time in Romania, where she traveled as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow.

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.

BU alumni found Prodigal literary magazine

We’re thrilled to announce the creation of Prodigal, a new literary journal of poetry and prose founded by BU Creative Writing alumni!  Its editors include Aaron Kerner (former MFA program coordinator), Michael Kinnucan, Jordan Zandi (poetry ’11) , Chiara Scully, and Nicholas Leonard (poetry ’12), and the art director is Vilija Pakalniskis.   The first issue comes out both in print and on the web this fall.  Click here to go to their website and see some of the work to be featured in the inaugural issue, and click here for the Kickstarter campaign.

Each issue has a theme, and the first issue of Prodigal explores “the tension between singular and collective identities, the ‘i’ versus ‘we.'” Contributors range from emerging to established writers both in the US and abroad, and include Ryan Patrick Frank (poetry ’04), Vanesha Pravin (poetry ’09), Sophie Grimes (poetry ’11), and Tomas Unger (poetry ’14), among others.

Prodigal opens submissions for its second issue mid-summer. Jordan Zandi writes that “it could be a great venue for graduates of the program (especially recent ones) to send their work.”  Visit the Prodigal website for more info.

Congratulations, BU MFAs!  We’re so proud of you.

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 Writing Program’s former St. Botolph grant recipients include poet Duy Doan and fiction writers Kimberly Elkins, Mai Wang, and Emma Duffy-Comparone.  We’re so pleased to add Jillian to this great list.

Congratulations, Jill! We’re excited to read your work soon.

Jillian Jackson is an MFA Fiction candidate at Boston University. She has a degree in literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and she’s interned for many Boston area publishers, including David R. Godine, Shambhala Publications, and Candlewick Press. She’s the recipient of Boston University’s Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award. She lives in Allston, MA.