Tara Skurtu invited to read at the University of Transylvania

More good news from our Global Fellow in Romania, Tara Skurtu (Poetry 2013). Tara has been invited by the Romanian poet Andrei Bodiu to read poetry and discuss creative writing with students at the University of Transylvania in Brasov today, Monday, October 7th. Congratulations, Tara!

Tara Skurtu (Poetry 2013)’s poems appear in Poetry Review, Hanging Loose, Salamander, Poet Lore, The Los Angeles Review, Hiram Poetry Review, The Southeast Review, The Comstock Review, and elsewhere. Earlier this year she was named one of Lloyd Schwartz (“Fresh Air”)’s six favorite new poets. Tara has also recently been awarded the BU Class of 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize. The contest judge was Gail Mazur; one poet in the current poetry class was selected. She is a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry.

Global Fellow Tara Skurtu invited to read at International Poetry Festival in Romania

Tara Skurtu (Poetry 2013) is a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow (part of the BU MFA program); she is currently spending her global fellow semester in Romania. The Romanian poet and scholar Radu Vancu has just invited Tara to be an official author (and read poems) at the International Poetry Festival in Sibiu, Romania, September 27-29. Tara is one of two poets from the US. (The other is Martin Woodside.)

The Robert Pinsky Global Fellows in Poetry and the Leslie Epstein Global Fellows in Fiction may go to any country and do there what they wish, for a typical stay of three months. The Global Fellowship adventure is not only intended to help our MFA candidates grow as writers, but also to widen eyes, minds, and hearts–from which better writing and poetry might eventually flow.

You can follow Tara Skurtu’s adventures in Romania at http://skurturomania.blogspot.com/ Congratulations, Tara!

October 1: Robert Pinsky and Gail Mazur at the Cambridge Public Library!

A story in Slice and two teaching fellowships for Kimberly Elkins

Great news for Kimberly Elkins (2010): Kimberly was a teaching fellow this summer at both the Wesleyan Writers Conference and at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Also, her story “Boys with Wings” has just been published in Slice Magazine, in an issue featuring Rick Moody and Francine Prose. Kimberly recently read this story at a Slice event in New York.

Kimberly’s debut novel, WHAT IS VISIBLE, will be published in June 2014 from Grand Central/Twelve. Twelve is a relatively new imprint of Hachette Book Group that releases no more than one “singular book” per month. A book trailer for WHAT IS VISIBLE will be featured on Amazon; we will post it here as soon as it’s available.

Kimberly Elkins’ fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, The Iowa Review, The Chicago Tribune, Best New American Voices, Glamour and Slice, among others.  She was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in fiction, and fellowships include Harvard, Radcliffe and the Kerouac Project for WHAT IS VISIBLE. Kimberly teaches at BU and in the MFA program at The University of Hong Kong, and lives in Cambridge, MA.

Congratulations, Kimberly!

Michelle Sterling: two residencies, two publications

Michelle Sterling (Fiction 2010) is poised to have a productive year of writing. She is currently a writing resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; next, she will be a 2013-2014 Literature Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.

Michelle has a creative nonfiction essay, “Go Out as Clear,” published in the Spring 2013 issue of Bellevue Literary Review. She also has an essay, “Sacking Berlin,” in the recent issue of The Baffler. “Sacking Berlin” is about the “hipsters, expats, yummies, and smartphones” taking over the city.

Michelle Sterling teaches at the Boston Conservatory and The University of Hong Kong, and has taught creative writing at Boston University. Her fiction and essays have appeared in LEMON, Maisonneuve, and Matrix, among others. She lives in Boston and Berlin.

Congratulations, Michelle!

“Doyle & The Ersatz Life” – Essay about Caitlin Doyle’s Poetry

Caitlin Doyle (Poetry 2008) continues to garner accolades as an emerging poet. Her work has recently been the subject of an essay entitled “Doyle & The Ersatz Life,” written by the poet and critic Michelle Lewis. In her examination of Caitlin’s poetry, Lewis writes:

“Much has been made of her work with rhyme and wordplay, which she employs to heighten the ominousness of her subjects… But something more complex than wordplay is at work… Her true aim is something different, and serves a specific purpose: to examine the merits and dysfunctions of faux worlds (call them self-delusion, fantasy, or simply nothingness) that haunt and displace traditional realities… These mirror images bleed together, Escher-like and unsettling… Doyle is keenly attuned to the haunting counterparts to the authentic…” You can read the rest of the essay by clicking here.

Caitlin is currently in residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, where she will spend September on a fellowship as the Merrill House Writer-In-Residence. Her other recent literary honors include the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship through the 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a finalist designation in the 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship competition. In addition, her poetry has been included in the just-released anthology and craft book The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, edited by Diane Lockward. Caitlin has also been featured recently in The Irish Examiner with regard to her essay “Hungry Hills: Coming of Age as an Irish American Poet,” which was published originally in Cork Literary Review, Vol. 15.

You can visit Caitlin’s website at this link to read her detailed literary bio and to continue following her work. Congratulations, Caitlin!

Sasenarine Persaud short-listed for Guyana Prize for Literature

Lantana Strangling Ixora, a book of poems by Sasenarine Persaud, has just been shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature for best book of poetry. The winner will be announced later this month.

Best of luck and congratulations, Sase!

Sasenarine Persaud is a Tampa-based essayist, novelist, poet and short story writer, who originated the term Yogic Realism to describe his aesthetics. He was the Leslie Epstein Fellow at Boston University. His work has been included in several anthologies including: Beyond Sangre Grande: Caribbean Writing Today(TSAR, Toronto, 2012); The Bowling Was Superfine: West Indian Writing and West Indian Cricket (Peepal Tree, Leeds, 2012); A Rainbow Feast: New Asian Short Stories (Marshall-Cavendish, Singapore, 2010); Concert of Voices: An Anthology of World Writing in English (Broadview, Peterborough, 2009); Anthology of Colonial and Post Colonial Short Fiction (Houghton Mifflin, Boston & New York, 2007); The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (2005); The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories (2000); and The Journey Prize Anthology: short fiction from the best of Canada’s new writers (McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1997).

Lisa Hiton published in The Cortland Review

Lisa Hiton (Poetry 2011)’s poem “Compression Wood” has been published in The Cortland Review. You can read the poem here as well as listen to Lisa read it aloud.

Congratulations, Lisa!

Lisa Hiton received her MFA in poetry from Boston University in 2011. 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 is a current nominee for the Pushcart Prize.

J. Kevin Shushtari published in Narrative Magazine

A novel excerpt by J. Kevin Shushtari (Fiction 2010) is currently featured as Narrative Magazine’s Story of the Week.  Subscribers to Narrative can read “Marriage Contract” online here.

J. Kevin Shushtari is a practicing physician who received an MD from Dartmouth Medical School before studying at BU.  Meridian, the Semi-Annual from the University of Virginia, awarded him the 2011 Editors’ Prize for his story “Illegal Dreams.” He was also the winner of the July 2010 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award for his story, “The Vast Garden of Strangers” and is a recipient of the Forugh Farrokhzad Fellowship Award given by the Vermont Studio Center. His work has also appeared in 236, the Alumni Literary Journal of BU Creative Writing.

Congratulations, Kevin!

 

Read three Mimi Lipson stories online

It’s been a productive summer for Mimi Lipson (Fiction 2012). Her story “The Cloud of Unknowing” was published in the summer issue of BOMB; “Moscow 1968″ appeared in the summer issue of Witness; and her story “Mothra” was published in the April issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Full-text versions of all three of those stories are available online; just follow the links!

Mimi also has a story published in the summer issue of Harvard Review and nonfiction forthcoming in The Chicagoan and a new print magazine from Pitchfork, both in the fall.

Mimi Lipson lives in Kingston, New York. As a Leslie Epstein Global Fellow in Fiction she traveled around the Mediterranean sea. Her first collection of stories is coming out in March 2014 from Yeti Publishing. She will be teaching this fall in BU’s Metropolitan College.

Congratulations, Mimi!