Lisa Hiton published in The Literary Review


We’re thrilled to see that Lisa Hiton’s poem, “Reaction Wood,” has been published in a special issue of The Literary Review!  The issue focuses on women’s studies, and editor Minna Proctor describes the work in it as “entirely exploratory, wildly diverse, gleefully inconclusive.” 

Hearty congrats, 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.


Tara Skurtu published in Paper Darts

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Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13) has had two poems published in Paper Darts: “Operating System” and “Feeding Time.”  Both are single-sentence gems full of energy!  Be sure to also browse Paper Darts, which is a publishing press and creative agency as well as a literary magazine.

In addition, Tara’s poem “Indian River at Dusk” was featured in a Romanian magazine, Zona Nouă (New Zone).  The publication includes audio, the original English, and a Romanian translation by poet and scholar Radu Vancu. Tara traveled to Romania on her Global Fellowship and returns often to teach, write, and read at various venues, so it’s especially exciting to see her work translated into Romanian.

Congratulations, Tara!

Tara Skurtu teaches at Boston University, where she received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Dalhousie Review, and the minnesota review. Her poems have been translated into Romanian and Hungarian.

Abriana Jetté’s anthology debuts at #1


Such terrific news for Abriana Jetté, whose anthology, 50 Whispers: Poems by Extraordinary Women, debuted at #1 in women’s poetry on Amazon shortly before the new year! The book remains in the top 100 Kindle ebooks this week, and is a stunning compilation of poetry by a range of female writers including Emily Dickinson, Phillis Wheatley, Sappho, H.D., Jane Austen, and Gertrude Stein.

Congratulations, Abe!

Abriana Jetté is the editor of the #1 best selling anthology in women’s poetry, 50 Whispers, and writes a quarterly column on emerging poets for Stay Thirsty magazine. She teaches for St. John’s University and the City University of New York.

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura published in Mid-American Review

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We’re excited to begin 2015 by announcing that Luisa Caycedo-Kimura (Poetry ’13) has been published in a special issue of the Mid-American Review.  Her poem “Un Jardín en Tolima” is in issue 35.1, the first of two 35th anniversary issues of MAR.  

Congratulations, Luisa!

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura was the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow at the Anderson Center at Tower View, the 2014 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellow at Ragdale, and a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry. Born in Colombia and raised in New York City, a former attorney, Luisa left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. She has received various awards for her poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Nashville Review, Jelly Bucket, Connecticut Review, PALABRA, Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, and elsewhere.

Friday links, holiday edition.


The winter solstice is this Sunday, which means the sun will be shining a little longer each day following.  Hurrah!  I am planning to read this and this (snagged an advance copy from a friend) over the holidays.  The office will be closed here from tomorrow until January 5, but you can still reach us via email at  Very best wishes for your holidays from BU Creative Writing!

Here are some literary links:

Must-read wisdom from Wendell Berry:
“Good work finds the way between pride and despair. It graces with health. It heals with grace. It preserves the given so that it remains a gift.”

A witty, wordy letter.

Gift ideas from Harvard Book Store.

Gift ideas from Miranda July?  (This is so cool.)  Click on an object to see its corresponding passage.

Another gift idea, and the chapter from whence it came.

Jan Morris on books:
“I am all too easily seduced by almost any kind of book. The name of the author entices me of course, the subject, sometimes the title, the opinion of critics I respect, a handsome jacket, elegant typography, the intoxicating smell of a volume and occasionally just a bibliophile’s foolish impulse.”

Did you know that Joseph Brodsky wrote a Christmas poem every year?  Here’s one, translated by Derek Walcott.

Happy fourth day of Hanukkah! A Hanukkah poem by Emma Lazarus.

“The Burglar at Christmas” by Willa Cather, published under her pseudonym.

A winter poem by William Carlos Williams.

Erin Belieu’s latest reviewed in the NY Times, and Literary Links












We were delighted to see that the latest poetry collection by Erin Belieu, Slant Six (Copper Canyon Press), was reviewed on the first page of the Arts section of the New York TimesTimes critic Dwight Gardner was largely favorable in his review, saying, “It’s got more smoke, more confidence, more wit and less tolerance for obscurity. Her crisp free verse has as many subcurrents as a magnetic field.”

Click here to buy a copy.

This was the last week of classes here at BU, and we had our last Black Box Reading of the semester on Tuesday, and went to an AGNI party (with readings) on Thursday.  We’re looking forward to even more program parties over the weekend, and wish you all the very best of luck in your final papers and exams!

Now for some Friday links:

What you should read next.

I recently read Jeffrey Eugenides’ hugely entertaining The Marriage Plot

Why the marriage plot need never get old.

Truman Capote’s poignant short story, “A Christmas Memory.”

Five subway haiku.

Don’t let go of the potato?  Here’s a foreign idiom quiz from the Atlantic.

Robert Pinsky in the New Yorker this week.

And this week’s fiction, by Elizabeth McKenzie, which I was quite moved by.

Why you should never date a writer.

A couple Advent poems: “Expectans Expectavi” by Anne Ridler and “The Minor Prophets” by Michael Lind.

Happy holidays, all!

Ani Gjika’s translations in World Literature Today, AGNI, and more


Ani Gjika (Poetry 2010) has been hard at work, translating the latest collection of poetry by Luljeta Lleshanaku, the leading poet of Ani’s native Albania.  Quite a few of these translations have recently appeared in nationally and internationally acclaimed literary magazines such as World Literature Today, AGNI Online, Plume, and From the Fishouse.  (Click on the links to read the translations.)

Congratulations, Ani!

Born and raised in Albania, Ani Gjika moved to the U.S. at age 18. She is a 2010 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow and winner of a 2010 Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize. Her first book, Bread on Running Waters, (Fenway Press, 2013) was a finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. Her poems and translations from the Albanian language have appeared in Salamander, Seneca Review, Silk Road Review, AGNI Online, World Literature Today, From the Fishouse and elsewhere.

Tara Skurtu published in Plume

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We’re so pleased to see Tara Skurtu’s poem, “Indian River at Dusk,” in Plume.  Read it here, and enjoy her wonderful wit, as in lines like this one:

God was a word person. After two
Hail Marys and an Our Father I’d be
good again.

Congratulations, Tara!

Tara Skurtu is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. Her work appears in Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, DMQ Review, The Dalhousie Review, Los Angeles Review, Poet Lore, Tahoma Literary Review, Salamander, B O D Y, and the minnesota review, and it’s been translated into Romanian and Hungarian. This spring she’ll be teaching incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program.

Emma Duffy-Comparone’s debut story leads Pushcart Prize

Emma Duffy-ComparoneWe’re thrilled to announce that Emma Duffy-Comparone’s story, “The Zen Thing,” is the lead story of 2015’s Pushcart Prize anthology!  According to the introduction by Bill Henderson, it’s the first time in the history of the prize that an author’s first-published story has been chosen to lead the collection.

Hearty congratulations, Emma!

You can read an interview with Emma and a snippet of “The Zen Thing” here.

Emma Duffy-Comparone’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize XXXIX, Ploughshares, One Story, American Scholar, Southern Review, Mississippi Review, Cincinnati Review, and The Sun. She has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is a lecturer at Tufts University.

Sasenarine Persaud’s latest book and news

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Sase Persaud reading at the BBC in Glasgow.

We’re excited to announce that Sasenarine Persaud has just published a new book of poetry, Love in a Time of Technology!  The book includes poems dedicated to Robert Pinsky and Derek Walcott.  Sase has recently returned from his book launch in Toronto, and you can see the announcement for it here.

In addition, Sase had a very productive summer in the UK, where he took part in eight literary events, including a reading and discussion on poetry and poetics, culture, homelands and exiles at the BBC in Glasgow. He also gave an interview and a reading at the Empire Café in Glasgow to an audience of about two-hundred. In Edinburgh, Sase gave two readings at the Saltire Society and three readings at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF). He opened the 2014 edition of the EIBF with a solo reading called “10 at 10,” in addition to reading with three other poets for an event called “Voices of the Caribbean Diaspora.” His final appearance at the EIBF was at”Jura Unbound,” an evening of poetry, music and reflections.  And, if that weren’t enough, Sase’s poem, “Georgetown,” was printed and distributed on postcards by the BBC.

Hearty congratulations, Sase!

Sasenarine Persaud is the author of twelve books of fiction and poetry. His awards include: The KM Hunter Foundation Award (Toronto) and fellowships from the University of Miami and Boston University. Persaud initiated the term Yogic Realism to define his literary aesthetics. His most recent books are Love in a Time of Technology (TSAR Books, Toronto, 2014), Lantana Strangling Ixora (TSAR Books, Toronto, 2011), Unclosed Entrances: Selected Poems (Caribbean Press, Warwick & Georgetown, 2011) and In a Boston Night (TSAR, Toronto, 2008).

He has been described as “one of those rare poets who gets the recipe of humanness exactly right” (Canadian Literature); and his poetry as “miniature rags, sensuous units of Indian music obeying conventions mysterious to western ears” (The Globe and Mail). Persaud was born in Guyana and has lived in Canada for several years. He tarries in Florida.