Lisa Taddeo wins Pushcart Prize


We’re happy to share that Lisa Taddeo, an incoming MFA candidate in fiction, won a Pushcart Prize for her short story “42”! The story was published in issue 36 of the New England Review last year, and can be read here.

Congratulations, Lisa!  We’re looking forward to reading more of your stories this fall.

Lisa Taddeo contributes to Esquire, New York, and Glamour, among others. She has published fiction in the New England Review and Esquire. Her pieces have been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing. She is currently at work on her debut nonfiction book for Simon & Schuster about desire and sexuality in America, and is a candidate for an MFA in Fiction in 2017.

Emma Duffy-Comparone wins second Pushcart, receives professorship

Emma Duffy-Comparone

We’re excited to announce that Emma Duffy-Comparone (Fiction 2012), who is currently on a fellowship at Yaddo, has won a second Pushcart Prize! The prize is for her story “The Devil’s Triangle,” which was originally published in the New England Review, and will appear in The Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses in November 2016. And, if that weren’t enough, Emma was recently hired as an assistant professor of creative writing at Merrimack College.

Way to go, Emma!  Congratulations!

Emma Duffy-Comparone’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, New England Review, One Story, AGNI, and elsewhere.  A recipient of two Pushcart Prizes (XXXIX and XLI), she has also received awards from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Corporation, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.  She will join Merrimack College in the fall as an assistant professor of creative writing.

Lisa Hiton wins AWP WC & C Prize


We’re thrilled to announce that Lisa Hiton (Poetry 2011) has won the AWP Writers’ Conferences & Centers Prize for her submission “Dislocated Cities”!

Tarfia Faizullah, who judged the competition, had this to say about Lisa’s work:

These poems experience the concept of time broadly, deeply, and specifically. I’m impressed by the vivid and careful precision in these works as well as the patience of the author who wrote them. There is elegantly handled formal restraint here, but also a wild and vast reckoning with our histories and how we love others through and with them. How do we negotiate ourselves to our own histories and those of others? This author’s poems are beautiful and nuanced responses to that question.

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 Linebreak, The Paris-American, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and LAMBDA Literary among others. Her first book has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Brittingham & Felix Pollack Poetry Prize, the Crab Orchard Review first book prize, and the YesYes Books open reading period. She has received the Esther B Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize.

Tara Skurtu on Poetry Daily and Creative Mornings


We’re excited to share that Tara Skurtu’s (Poetry ’13) poem “Tourniquet” was the Poetry Daily poem of the day for World Poetry Day! The poem originally appeared in the March/April ’16 Kenyon Review.

In addition, Tara was January’s featured speaker for the Bucharest chapter of the international CreativeMornings monthly breakfast lecture series. The theme was language, and she spoke about poetry.

You can see Tara’s talk here.

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.

Laura Marris publishes animated translation in Asymptote

lmarrisWe’re delighted to share that Laura Marris (Poetry ’13) has just had an animated translation of a poem by Paol Keineg appear in Asymptote.  For this piece, Laura collaborated with a visual artist to make a translation in which multiple versions could exist at once.  View it here!  Laura had the opportunity to work on translating Keineg (and even spend time with him in person) when she was in France on her Global Fellowship in 2013.

This issue of Asymptote also features an interview with novelist and BU CW program director Ha Jin.

Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Marris is a writer and translator. Her work has appeared or will appear in The Volta, The CommonThe Cortland Review, Prelude, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a semi-finalist for the 2015 Discovery Prize. She recently translated Louis Guilloux’s novel Le Sang noir [Blood Dark] for the New York Review Books, and her current project is a translation of La Cache by Christophe Boltanski for University of Chicago Press.

Tara Skurtu’s latest publications


Tara Skurtu’s (Poetry ’13) poem “Tourniquet” is in the Kenyon Review, both online and in the March/April print issue!  In addition, her first published translation appears in this same issue: “What’s one of your dead telling you” is a selection from renowned Romanian poet Radu Vancu’s book Rope in Bloom.

Both of these are part of this issue’s featured section, which highlights five poems from poets who were invited to the Poets in Transylvania International Poetry Festival last fall. Read more about those from the editor, here.

Congratulations, Tara!  We continue to be proud of you and look forward to seeing more of your work!

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.

Kelly Morse publishes chapbook with Two of Cups Press

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Heavy Light by Kelly Morse

We’re so excited to announce that Kelly Morse’s (Poetry ’12) chapbook Heavy Light has been published by Two of Cups Press!  Heavy Light was a finalist in the 2015 Two of Cups Chapbook Contest. Click here to buy a copy.

“Kelly Morse’s impressive debut chapbook looks clear-eyed at an essential truth of motherhood: life is wholly new not only for the child but also for the parent. Heavy Light explores this newborn landscape, this newborn life—the baby’s “homespun vernix jumpsuit,” the “daughter’s skull a pale lantern,” the nursing mother learning “what it feels like to be un-/wound for happiness and hunger”—and makes us ask: What happens to the self? In poem after otherworldly poem, Morse answers, showing us the way motherhood scrubs us raw but also shines us; the way it leaves us stinging deliciously in the air, pink and new. The mother in these poems learns to bear the weight of this light, and we are glad to bear it with her.”

– Maggie Smith, author of The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the 2012 Dorset Prize; and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the 2003 Benjamin Saltman Award

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.

Caitlin Doyle interviewed by the MFA Project

CaitlinDoylePhotoBU MFA alumna Caitlin Doyle (Poetry ’08) was recently interviewed by the MFA Project, and we’re pleased to be sharing a link to it here! Since graduating from the MFA program as the George Starbuck Fellow in Poetry, Caitlin has continued to receive accolades as an up-and-coming poet. In this interview, she offers memorable insights on studying with Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, and Rosanna Warren, as well as reflections on her experience as the featured poetry alumna in the Annual Faculty Reading a couple years ago. Click here to read “On Pleasure, Devotion, MFA’s and PhD’s, and Self-Determination: An Interview with Caitlin Doyle.”

Congratulations, Caitlin!

Caitlin Doyle’s poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, The Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, Cork Literary Review, and others. Her poems have also been published in various anthologies, including The Best Emerging Poets of 2013, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Best New Poets 2009. Caitlin’s awards and fellowships include Writer-In-Residence positions at the James Merrill House and the Jack Kerouac House, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship through the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Amy Award in Poetry through Poets & Writers. She has held Writer-In-Residence teaching posts at Penn State, St. Albans School, and Interlochen Arts Academy. She is currently pursuing her PhD as an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati.

The Back Porch Collective to read this Saturday!


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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


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.