Kelly Morse published in Brevity

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Great news for Kelly Morse, whose essay, Saigon, was recently published in Brevity: a Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.

“There’s no room on the sidewalk, never is, no sloped exits. A moat of trash. The man’s breath explodes as he pushes out of potholes, waits for lights amidst the motorbikes; facing forward, his shoulder-blades droop until they seem to rest upon his ribs.”

You can read the rest of this poetic and evocative essay here.  Congratulations, Kelly!

Kelly Morse returned to Vietnam in 2012 via a Robert Pinsky Global Poetry Fellowship, which allowed her time to write about her previous experiences there as a university teacher in Hanoi. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Alimentum: A Journal of Literature and Food, Side B Magazine, CAB and elsewhere. She works at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where she directs a creative writing and cultural exchange program that brings together students from Russia, the USA, the Middle East and Northern Africa. She is currently working on a cross-genre manuscript that explores linguistic and world-view gaps between Southeast Asian and American cultures.

The Friday Short List

20090623_mccann_250x375Happy Birthday, Colum McCann!








Hello all!  It’s been another happily busy week at 236 Bay State.  We’re getting ready for the Annual Faculty Reading, and the deadline for applying to our intense and thrilling MFA program is tomorrow, so hurry, hurry, and best of luck!  Here are some links for a wordy weekend.

Today is the birthday of Irish writer Colum McCann.

Mary Gaitskill tells us why writers write.

What can eavesdropping do for your writing?

Bought this brass pencil last summer on a whim.  A good whim.

Southern Gothic lyrics up for analysis.

I’m sure we can all agree.

An exhilarating poem by Mary Oliver for your Friday.

BU Creative Writing’s own Dan Chiasson at Harvard Book Store very soon!

Remember sentence diagrams from grade school?  Mapping famous first sentences.

Have a lovely weekend!

Tara Skurtu’s Latest Publications


Terrific news for Tara Skurtu, whose poems have recently appeared in DMQ Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Poetry Storehouse!

Congratulations, Tara!

Tara Skurtu is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Boston University, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow, and a recipient of a 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have been translated into Romanian, and her recent work appears in Poetry Review, The Dalhousie Review, the minnesota review, DMQ Review, and B O D Y.

Laura Marris Published in DMQ Review

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Laura Marris’ poem, “Still Life,” was recently published in the Winter 2014 issue of DMQ Review.  Last fall, Laura traveled to Brittany, France on a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, where she translated poetry by Paol Keineg.

Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Marris holds an MFA from Boston University. She is a winner of the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Meridian, H.O.W., Revue Secousse, and The Wallace Stevens Journal. She teaches poetry at BU.

The Friday Short List


“Some stories you use up. Others use you up.”





Happy Birthday, Chuck Palahniuk!

Some links to start off your weekend with wild and whirling words:

BU poet Tara Skurtu published in DMQ Review!

BU poet Laura Marris published in DMQ Review, too!

On Wednesday, Jhumpa Lahiri and Daphne Kalotay had a conversation in front of us all.

Last night, 826 Boston kicked off their Write-A-Thon, complete with Kurt Vonnegut’s typewriter.  (Sign up!)

Tonight, current MFA students will be reading their work at the Breakwater Reading Series.

Remembering Mavis Gallant.

In case you’re not tired of snow yet: John Ashberry reads Charles Simic.

Happy Friday from BU Creative Writing!

An essay by Lisa Hiton in Hayden’s Ferry Review

DownloadedFile“Picnic,” a poem by Lisa Hiton (Poetry 2011) has been featured in Hayden’s Ferry Review along with a Contributor Spotlight and essay by the author. Lisa writes that the poem was inspired by her time with mentor Carolyn Forché in Thessaloniki and the island, Thassos, in Greece:

“Spending time in the plaza where the Jews were gathered and at the Jewish Museum in Salonika, I began to understand the pain of history, which I get to experience because I somehow am alive. Writing this poem and other poems that address Jewish identity and culture—especially as an American Jew traveling around Europe, and perhaps also as a writer contemplating how to reconcile the 20th century—has forced me to a place of nostos, to remembering the fear I had as a child when learning about the Holocaust, and the kind of self-mythologizing and story making I participated in to begin measuring myself against the ideas of that portion of history.”

You can read the poem and the corresponding essay here:

Lisa Hiton is a Chicago native.  She holds an MFA in Poetry from BU and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University.  Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, Indiana Review, Guernica and DMQ Review, among others. Her poem “Tuesday” was reprinted in the spring 2013 issue of 236 Magazine, BU’s creative writing alumni journal.  She has received fellowships from the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the MU Writing Workshops in Thassos. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.


Luisa Caycedo-Kimura to be published in Jelly Bucket

Luisa Caycedo-KimuraWonderful news for Luisa Caycedo-Kimura (Poetry 2013): Jelly Bucket has accepted three of her poems for publication. “Black-eyed Susans,” “Recuerdos del Tolima,” and “Paso Doble a la Muerte” will all appear in their 2014 issue. Congratulations, Luisa!

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura spent two moths in Spain this past fall as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow. She was born in Colombia and grew up in New York City. A former attorney, she left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. Luisa has received various awards for her poetry and was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear in Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, PALABRA, San Pedro River Review, Ellipsis… Literature and Art, Crack the Spine, Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, and elsewhere. Her poems have also been included in the writing curricula at colleges and universities.

You can watch Luisa read her poem “Cartagena Sunrise–April 2009″ here on BUniverse.


Emma Duffy-Comparone awarded an Elizabeth George Foundation grant

Emma Duffy-ComparoneEmma Duffy-Comparone (Fiction 2012) has won a $15K grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation for the completion of her collection.  The Elizabeth George Foundation makes one-time artistic grants to unpublished fiction writers, poets, and emerging playwrights to enable them to live and work for a period of time as a writer.

Congratulations, Emma!

Emma Duffy-Comparone’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, One Story, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, The Mississippi Review, The Cincinnati Review, and The Sun.  She has been a scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conferences and a fellow at the MacDowell ColonyShe teaches at Tufts University.

Emma Duffy-Comparone published in Ploughshares, the Cincinnati Review, and The Sun

Emma Ploughshares More wonderful stories by Emma Duffy-Comparone (Fiction 2012) are now in print! Her story “The Blue Bowl” has been published in the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Ploughshares; “Crossing the Sagamore” is in the Cincinnati Review; and “Marvel Sands” currently appears in The Sun.

Congratulations, Emma!

Emma Duffy-Comparone’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, One Story, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, The Mississippi Review, The Cincinnati Review, and The Sun.  She has been a scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conferences and a fellow at the MacDowell ColonyShe teaches at Tufts University.

Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop featured in H.O.W. Journal

The Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, launched by Stacy Mattingly (Fiction 2011) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, makes its bilingual publication debut in H.O.W. Journal as curated by poet and editor Catherine Pond. The posting includes work by 8 of the workshop poets, appearing in both Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and in English translation, along with audio links to the poets reading their work. Mirza Puric provides a wonderful Translator’s Note about his experience with the group.

Stacy Mattingly traveled to the Balkans on a Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship in Fiction in 2011 to research a novel-in-progress. She stayed for three months, largely in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having learned from established Bosnian writers that no real precedent existed in BiH for an ongoing creative writing workshop, she made moves to facilitate one. With the encouragement of many generous people, including PEN Centre of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the group started holding meetings in 2012 at the distinguished bookshop/cafe Buybook. They have given public readings/performances. This is their first publication.

Congratulations, Stacy, and congrats to everyone in the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop!

For more information about our MFA program’s unique Global Fellowships, click here: