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 www.darielsuarez.com.

Abriana Jette in Conversation with Robert Pinsky


Check out this wonderful conversation with Robert Pinsky in Stay Thirsty magazine!  It’s filled with nuggets of wisdom on a slew of things — from Dante to music to making meaning — all prompted by insightful questions from Abriana Jetté  (Poetry 2012).  From the interview:

“It’s the sound of meaning that I crave and concentrate on: Frost talks about hearing a conversation through a closed door. A toddler can make the sounds of meaning—which is to say, meaning—in a language, before quite forming words. If one gets that right, then something in the human condition can express itself through you . . . audible to anyone who says the words of your poem, in that person’s imagination or actually. You don’t need to be there to perform it, the reader will hear it, in that reader’s own actual or imagined voice. That is the unique intimacy of poetry.”

Congratulations, Abriana, and thank you for sharing this!


Abriana Jetté is an internationally published poet, essayist, and educator from Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in dozens of journals, including the Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, The Iron Horse Literary Review, The American Literary Review, and 491 Magazine. She teaches at St. Johns’s University and the City University of New York, writes a regular column for Stay Thirsty Magazine that focuses on emerging poets and she is the editor of the recently published book, The Best Emerging Poets of 2013, that debuted on Amazon as the #3 Best Seller in Poetry Anthologies.

Creative Writing Program Director Karl Kirchwey featured in BU Today


Karl Kirchwey teaching poetry MFA candidates in the historic room 222.

We’re excited to see this article about Karl Kirchwey in BU Today!  In addition to being the director of the Creative Writing Program, Karl is an award-winning poet, scholar, translator, arts curator, and teacher of poetry.  His work inquires deeply into a vast array of disparate subjects, including physics, biology, Roman history, religion, and mythology–to name just a few.  On Karl, Robert Pinsky says, “In a period when some American poets have been concerned either with the problematic nature of language on one side, or the nuances of individual psychology on the other, the presence of historical reality in Kirchwey’s work is to be honored.”

We’re grateful to have Karl as both our program director and professor of one of the graduate-level poetry workshops.  On teaching, Karl says, “For me, the opportunity to talk about poems in the company of other people who care about poetry is huge—it’s a huge privilege and an opportunity.”

Read the full article here.

Literary Links


A Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, c. 1776.

We’ve been quite busy here at BU Creative Writing — on Tuesday, Katie McGunagle and Nina Palisano read at Writers at the Black Box, the first one of the year! — and tonight, Jeff Huizinga and Daniel Leonard will be reading at the Breakwater Reading Series at Brookline Booksmith (7 PM).  Please come support our current MFA candidates!

Here are some literary links to start off your fall weekend:

Check out this new independent press, Eyewear, based in the UK.  (They’re open to submission queries.)

Pinsky, Wine, & Jazz tomorrow night.

I’ve been reading Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal, modeled after M.F.K. Fisher’s classic How to Cook a Wolf, and it’s filled with delightful and philosophical meditations on food and living.

“It’s possible to bend language to your will, to invest extraordinary amounts of effort and care to make words do what you want them to do.” – Seth Godin

The George Saunders Fan Club (me + three reading friends) is reading “Victory Lap” for next week’s meeting.  Did you know George has a B.S. in geophysical engineering from Colorado School of Mines?

Yesterday was Oscar Wilde’s birthday. Here are a few of his Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated.

Happy Friday from BU Creative Writing, and we hope your weekend is filled with wild and whirling words.

Black Box reading tonight!


Leanne Hoppe published by Driftwood Press

lhLeanne Hoppe (poetry ’14) has had a poem published in Driftwood Press.  Hurrah! The poem, inspired by the film El Topo, is called “Western,” and is followed by a brief interview.  Leanne says, “When something happens that I think about for a long time, I like to try and write it.”

By the way, be sure to check out her excellent blog as she travels the US and Europe as a Global Fellow here.

Congratulations, Leanne!

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

Literary Links


Happy Friday from BU Creative Writing!

Here are some literary links for your weekend:

This week was the kickoff of Robert Pinsky’s Art of Poetry MOOC, and we’re excited that it now has over 15,000 students.

Be sure to check out our current Global Fellows’ blogs.

Leslie Epstein’s Pinto and Sons–eleven years in the making–is now available in digital format on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Googlebooks, and Smashwords.  Congratulations, L!

Liz Danzico on choosing one thing to do every day.

A fascinating, moving conversation with Marilynne Robinson.

Christopher Hitchens on the word “like.”

A metaphor for writing and for life, from choreographer Merce Cunningham: “Falling is one of the ways of moving.”

How to be polite (and more importantly, how to have empathy).

An exquisite poem I recently discovered by Sharon Bryan.

The creator of the marshmallow test on self-control.

Hope your weekends are filled with wild and whirling words.

236 Call for Submissions


Dear BU Creative Writing Alumni,

We plan to release a new issue of 236, the MFA alumni journal, in December!

236 is looking for:

1. Fiction and poetry from alumni of the BU Creative Writing program.  Please send up to 2 pieces of prose and/or up to 5 poems.  Previously published work is fine.

2. Essays on craft, and/or essays about something valuable you learned from a Creative Writing faculty member.  (Between 1,000 – 3,000 words)

3. One poetry alum to interview Karl Kirchwey, the program’s new director, for the upcoming issue.

Deadline: October 22, 2014

Please send your work to Catherine Con at crwr@bu.edu with the subject line: 236 submission, or snail mail it to her at:

Creative Writing Program
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Tracey Knapp wins 42 Miles Press Poetry Award


Hearty congratulations to Tracey Knapp (poetry ’04), whose first book of poems, Mouth, has won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award!  Mouth will be published by 42 Miles Press (Indiana University) in September 2015.  You can read a poem from it here.

On writing the book, Tracey says,

It took a couple years after finishing my degree in poetry at Boston University before a clear path and voice began to emerge out of the many different directions my studies took me. I continued to take workshops outside of academia to keep myself on course, and eventually I was able to hold a group of poems in my hands and say, “Yes, this makes a book.”

Congrats, Tracey!

Tracey Knapp’s first book of poems, Mouth, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2014 and will be published in 2015. Her manuscript was also a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro Prize.  She has received scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fund. Mark Strand and Claudia Emerson each selected her poems for Best New Poets 2008 and 2010. Other work has appeared in Five Points, The National Poetry Review, Red Wheelbarrow Review, The New Ohio Review, The Minnesota Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Connotation Press and elsewhere.  Tracey earned a BFA in visual arts at Syracuse University, a Master’s degree in English at Ohio University and a Master’s degree in Poetry at Boston University in 2004.

Tara Skurtu’s upcoming readings

Skurtu photo standing 1 Martha StewartGlobe-trotting poet Tara Skurtu (poetry ’13) will be reading at an international poetry festival in Transylvania this coming weekend!  (Sibiu, Romania)  The festival includes twenty-three poets from thirteen countries (three continents).   Tara also read at RoHAM Bar in Budapest on the 15th and taught a workshop at the University of Szeged on the 16th through the Department of American Studies.

Congratulations, Tara!

Tara Skurtu teaches Creative Writing at Boston University, where she received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She was named one of Lloyd Schwartz’s 6 Favorite New Poets on WBUR’s Here and Now. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Dalhousie Review, the minnesota review, B O D Y, and The Los Angeles Review.
Sibiu Festival 2014