Literary Links


A young Sharon Olds.

We’ve had a fantastic and busy week here at BU Creative Writing.  The Writers at the Black Box reading was on Tuesday, which featured fiction MFA Caroline De Lacvivier and poetry MFA Jess Stokes, as well as fiction alum Dariel Suarez.  Last night, we got to hear Sharon Olds and Renee Emerson read at the Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading: such a treat!  Both poets were so warm and engaging, and have “kindred imaginations,” as Robert Pinsky puts it–both of them read from work that was intimate and lyrical and deeply personal.

Tonight, we’re headed to the Breakwater Reading Series at 7.  Come hear some new work by students from Boston’s MFA programs!

Here are some literary links to start out your weekend:

A breathtaking poem by Renee Emerson, the first one she read to us yesterday evening.


Renee Emerson

Literary comics.

David Sedaris reads Miranda July.

Cheeses and their literary counterparts.

Two poems by Sharon Olds, one looking back and one looking forward.

Louise Glück just won the National Book Award for poetry!

An interview with Ha Jin about his new novel, A Map of Betrayal.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa Hiton is Poet of the Week on The Paris-American











Brava to Lisa Hiton, who is this week’s featured poet on The Paris-American!  From the poem:

Tail plumes stretched like sharp swords, then recoiling. I followed it thinking it was
a kookaburra. With every inch I advanced, it changed

its song—unrecognizable cries, stolen from the throats of others. Liar.

Read the rest of the poem, “The Lyrebird,” here.

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.

Kelly Morse’s recent poetry news

Morse HeadshotKelly Morse’s poetry has been receiving all manner of publicity on the internet!  Her poem ‘Nobody Leaves Anybody in Winter’ was nominated for the Best of the Net  2014 Anthology by apt magazine, and she was interviewed for The Writer’s Job, a website featuring writers who work in non-traditional writing jobs.

Kelly also published a book review and a guest post about Vietnamese poetry in the translation journal M-DASH, a translation project she started in Rosanna Warren’s translation seminar at BU. Two of her translations are forthcoming in Asymptote Journal in January of 2015.  In addition, Kelly recently received a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, where she is headed in February.
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 are forthcoming 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.

Lucy Teitler published in Trop


I’m so happy to share that Lucy Teitler, a writer from my own class (Fiction ’13) has published a short story in Trop!  The story is called “Bakersfield,” and you can read it here.  She wrote the first draft of it for our workshop with Leslie Epstein.  Discussions in that class, Lucy says, led to heavy revisions that she made over the course of a year.

Hearty congratulations, Lucy!

Lucy Teitler is a Contributing Writer at Motherboard, the tech section of VICE Media. Her full-length play, Engagements, will be produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York in March. “Bakersfield” is her first published (fiction) story.

Literary Tea with Kimberly Elkins

We’re pleased to announce a Literary Tea with fiction alum ’10 and acclaimed novelist, Kimberly Elkins!  Please see below, and/or visit the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Boston chapter website for more information.   Both the tea and the WNBA are open to men and women, despite the name.  Be sure to get your ticket by November 30 — they’re going fast.

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Lisa Hiton published in Thrush











Hurrah!  Lisa Hiton has published a poem, “Vigil,” in Thrush.  From the poem:

Coming toward me, a prologue, a flying orchestra

of spring birds gathering on the banks of the creek.
To what are they praying?  To what do they give such praise?

Read “Vigil” here.

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.

Leanne Hoppe’s translations published in Asymptote


We’re excited to hear from Leanne Hoppe (Poetry ’14), who has been traveling in Ireland this week!  And psyched to see that her translations of five poems by Michela Zanarella have been published on the Asymptote blog.  Zanarella is a living Italian poet who lives and works in Rome.

Congratulations, Leanne!

Leanne Hoppe is a 2013-2014 MFA candidate in poetry at Boston University. She likes copyediting, bicycling, and goats.

Read about her travels here.


Shaaru Menon published in Kweli Journal

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We’re so pleased to announce that Shaaru Menon (Fiction 2012) has published a short story in Kweli!  Here’s the beginning, to give you a taste:

By the time Neeli met Hassan he was a nobody. His last successful film was almost a decade ago and even that hadn’t gone beyond two weeks at the box office. He didn’t get invited to the annual award functions, wasn’t part of any film associations, and had slowly slipped through the cracks, well on his way to invisibility…

Click here to read the full text of “Mistakes Were Made.”  Congratulations, Shaaru!

Shaaru Menon (2012) is a fiction writer from Kochi, India. This is her first published story. She lives in Chicago.

Literary Links


BU Creative Writing wishes you a happy Friday!  And here are some literary links to start off your weekend.

Dan Chiasson reviews Claudia Rankine’s latest.

Whoa.  A Jane Austen video game, in which one plays to win the sympathy of Elizabeth Bennett.

What Mark Twain’s mother taught him about compassion.

Novelist Don DeLillo reviews a Taylor Swift track.

The Boston Book Festival is this weekend!

Aaron Copland’s 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s advice to his daughter, Scottie (and one Slate writer’s quite strong opinion on it).

How to write a sentence.

The breathtaking third movement of Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata, “The Alcotts.”  (After Louisa May Alcott and her father.)

Hope your weekend is full of wild and whirling words.

Dariel Suarez publishes poetry chapbook and non-fiction piece

dsIt’s rare that a writer excels in more than one form–let alone three different ones–but Dariel Suarez (Fiction 2012) is doing just that: his poetry chapbook, In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, was recently released, and his nonfiction piece “Becoming a Man” has been published in the latest issue of The Caribbean Writer (volume 28)!  The chapbook is available for pre-order here and the pre-sale period ends November 20th.  

Congratulations, Dariel!

Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer who came to the United States in 1997. He earned his M.F.A. in fiction at Boston University, where he was a Global Fellow. Dariel is a founding editor of Middle Gray Magazine and has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, and Boston University’s Metropolitan College. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and magazines, including Prairie Schooner, The Florida Review, Southern Humanities Review, Gargoyle, Superstition Review, and Baltimore Review, as well as several anthologies. He’s recently completed a story collection set in his native country, and he’s at work on a novel about a Cuban political prisoner, titled The Playwright’s House. More about Dariel can be found at