The Back Porch Collective to read this Saturday!

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Montage courtesy of The Middle Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Back Porch Collective began when a group of writers got together to share work, have meaningful conversations, and enjoy live music. The group includes BU alumni Shubha Sunder (Fiction ’12), Stacy Mattingly (Fiction ’11), Ani Gjika (Poetry ’10), Dariel Suarez (Fiction ’12), and Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13)!

The Collective is giving their first off-porch reading this weekend at the Middle Gray Gallery/Cafe in Brookline, joined by musician George Clements of The Lonely Heartstring Band. Join them tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 pm. We hope to see you there!

Dammy Aderibigbe’s latest publications

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Michael “Dammy” Aderibigbe, one of our current poets, continues to have a productive year: He has recently published poems in the latest issues of cream city review, Fjords, and the Hawaii Review!  Dammy also has a chapbook out called In Praise of Our Absent Father, which was released last month by Akashik Books.

Congratulations, Dammy!  We’re very proud of you.

D.M. Aderibigbe is from Nigeria. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, is an APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series selection. He is a recipient of 2015 Honours from Dickinson House and The Entrekin Foundation. His poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, cream city review, DIAGRAM, Normal School, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, RATTLE, and Spillway, which nominated him for the 2017 Puschcart Prize. He’s been featured on Verse Daily. His first manuscript received a special mention in the 2015 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

Laura Marris’ latest publications

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We’re happy to share that Laura Marris (Poetry ’13) has published a slew of poems recently!  “Moon Man” and “Prognosis” appear with audio recordings in The Cortland Review, and “Threshold” and “Choose Your Own Adventure” are in Prelude.  

Laura has also published a thought-provoking piece on Adam Kirsch’s book Emblems of the Passing World in The Common.

Some stirring lines from “Threshold”:

What’s the name of the shape you see
when you close your eyes after looking at a light?

A flower, a terror, a child in the woods confusing yaddo, shadow,
searching for a great-horned owl.

Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Marris is a writer and translator. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asymptote, The Common, Prelude, The Cortland Review, Washington Square Review, Meridian, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a semi-finalist for the 2015 Boston Review/Discovery Prize. This spring, she’ll be teaching poetry through Robert Pinsky’s Massive Open Online Course The Art of Poetry. Her most recent project is a translation of Louis Guilloux’s novel Le Sang noir [Blood Dark] for the New York Review Books.

Dariel Suarez’s short fiction to be taught at Brown

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Exciting news from Dariel Suarez (Fiction 2012): One of Dariel’s stories, “Marching Men,” is being taught at Brown University this semester through the Latina/o Studies Department! Dariel wrote and workshopped “Marching Men” in Leslie Epstein’s class here at BU. The story was published in Prairie Schooner‘s summer 2014 issue.

In addition, Dariel has been invited to speak at Brown by faculty in the American and Ethnic Studies Department. He’ll be visiting on March 1 to co-teach a class on his story, give a public reading, and have dinner with faculty and students.

Congratulations, Dariel! What an honor. We wish you the best at Brown!

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.

Tara Skurtu is guest author on The Best American Poetry Blog

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Wonderful news from Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13)! Tara has been featured as the guest author on The Best American Poetry Blog. Her conversational and thought-provoking series of posts cover a variety of topics, including teaching writing, fear and writing, and growing to love poetry (again). One of the posts features the BU Prison Education Program, where Tara taught. Read her posts below:

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing
The Committees in our Heads: on Fear and Writing
Poetry at Stake
Thoreau’s Nephew: Romania’s Literary Slaughterhouse
I Don’t Like Poetry, I’m Not a Poetry Person

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.

 

Dammy Aderibigbe publishes chapbook

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Michael “Dammy” Aderibigbe (Poetry ’16) has just published his chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, with Akashik Books!

About Dammy, Tsitsi Jaji says,Here is a poet whose vision and empathy reach into the intimate corners of family history, bearing witness to generations of tenderness, violence, generosity, survival and imagination with rare precision.”

You can purchase a copy by writing to Dammy directly at dammyg1989 [at] gmail dot com.

Here is the title poem:

On the 5th day of a month
made of harmattan and cold sun,
my mother washed dirt off grains of rice,

chopped carrots, onions, pepper
and liver on a slab into rings —
beating our stomachs to music.

My older sister slit open
the belly of a huge Eja Kote —
packed out its intestine as one offloads

clothes from a bag. Beads of sweat slipped
down their faces like rain on windshields.
The sitting-room: strands of Juju

melody streamed out of the stereo —
the house covered with music.
From the kitchen: my mother’s efforts smelled

delicious. My mother wore
aso-oke — she danced, and we ate —
raising cups in praise of her loneliness.

Congratulations, Dammy!

D.M. Aderibigbe is from Nigeria. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father,is an APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series selection. He is a recipient of 2015 Honours from Dickinson House and The Entrekin Foundation. His poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, cream city review, DIAGRAM, Normal School, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, RATTLE, and Spillway, which nominated him for the 2017 Puschcart Prize. He’s been featured on Verse Daily. His first manuscript received a special mention in the 2015 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

Emma Duffy-Comparone published in NER and The Sun

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We’re excited to share that Emma Duffy-Comparone has recently published two short stories!  “The Devil’s Triangle” appears in the current issue of New England Review and “Plagiarism” is in the November 2015 issue of The Sun.  We’re also happy to welcome Emma back to BU as  our instructor of Fiction Writing at MET College next semester.

Congratulations, Emma!

Emma Duffy-Comparone’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, New England Review, One Story, The Pushcart Prize XXXIX and elsewhere. Recently a guest prose editor of The Pushcart Prize XL, she teaches at Tufts University.

Shubha Sunder Wins Crazyhorse Fiction Prize

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We’re happy to announce that Shubha Sunder (Fiction 2012) has won the 2015 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for her short story!  She began writing the story, “Jungleman,” while in Leslie Epstein’s fiction workshop here at BU.  It was released in Crazyhorse just this week.  You can read an interview with Shubha on the Crazyhorse blog, here.

Congratulations, Shubha!

Shubha Sunder is a 2012 graduate of the BU Creative Writing Program, which awarded her the Florence Engell Randall Graduate Fiction Award and a Leslie Epstein Fellowship for travel to Russia. Her fiction has most recently appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Bangalore Review, and Narrative Magazine, where it was a winner of “30 Below.” She has won scholarships to Sewanee and Breadloaf and currently lives in Boston, where she is at work on her first novel, set in her hometown of Bangalore, India.

Tara Skurtu to read in Literary Death Match

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Fun recent news from poet and world traveler Tara Skurtu (Poetry 2013), who is currently on a Fulbright in Romania!  Tara has been invited to read at the 8th International Festival of Literature in Bucharest (FILB), one of Romania’s most celebrated literary festivals, and will be participating in a fast and exciting Literary Death Match. Adrian Todd Zuniga, the creator of Literary Death Match, will be in Bucharest ​to host. Read about the event here.

Good luck and 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.

 

Dammy Aderibigbe’s poem in RATTLE

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We’re pleased to announce that Michael “Dammy” Aderibigbe’s poem “The Origin of Kindness” is forthcoming in RATTLE issue 50!  Dammy is currently in the MFA program for poetry at Boston University, where he studies with Robert Pinsky and Karl Kirchwey.

Congrats, Dammy!

D.M. Aderibigbe is from Nigeria. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, is an APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series selection. He is a recipient of 2015 Honours from Dickinson House and The Entrekin Foundation. His poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, cream city review, DIAGRAM, Normal School, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, RATTLE, and Spillway, which nominated him for the 2017 Puschcart Prize. He’s been featured on Verse Daily. His first manuscript received a special mention in the 2015 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.