Emma Duffy-Comparone published in NER and The Sun

Emma Duffy-Comparone

We’re excited to share that Emma Duffy-Comparone has recently published two short stories!  “The Devil’s Triangle” appears in the current issue of New England Review and “Plagiarism” is in the November 2015 issue of The Sun.  We’re also happy to welcome Emma back to BU as  our instructor of Fiction Writing at MET College next semester.

Congratulations, Emma!

Emma Duffy-Comparone’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, New England Review, One Story, The Pushcart Prize XXXIX and elsewhere. Recently a guest prose editor of The Pushcart Prize XL, she teaches at Tufts University.

Shubha Sunder Wins Crazyhorse Fiction Prize


We’re happy to announce that Shubha Sunder (Fiction 2012) has won the 2015 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for her short story!  She began writing the story, “Jungleman,” while in Leslie Epstein’s fiction workshop here at BU.  It was released in Crazyhorse just this week.  You can read an interview with Shubha on the Crazyhorse blog, here.

Congratulations, Shubha!

Shubha Sunder is a 2012 graduate of the BU Creative Writing Program, which awarded her the Florence Engell Randall Graduate Fiction Award and a Leslie Epstein Fellowship for travel to Russia. Her fiction has most recently appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Bangalore Review, and Narrative Magazine, where it was a winner of “30 Below.” She has won scholarships to Sewanee and Breadloaf and currently lives in Boston, where she is at work on her first novel, set in her hometown of Bangalore, India.

Tara Skurtu to read in Literary Death Match

Tara Skurtu author photo-2

Fun recent news from poet and world traveler Tara Skurtu (Poetry 2013), who is currently on a Fulbright in Romania!  Tara has been invited to read at the 8th International Festival of Literature in Bucharest (FILB), one of Romania’s most celebrated literary festivals, and will be participating in a fast and exciting Literary Death Match. Adrian Todd Zuniga, the creator of Literary Death Match, will be in Bucharest ​to host. Read about the event here.

Good luck and 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.


Dammy Aderibigbe’s poem in RATTLE


We’re pleased to announce that Michael “Dammy” Aderibigbe’s poem “The Origin of Kindness” is forthcoming in RATTLE issue 50!  Dammy is currently in the MFA program for poetry at Boston University, where he studies with Robert Pinsky and Karl Kirchwey.

Congrats, Dammy!

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.

Lisa Hiton published in Word Riot


Lisa Hiton (Poetry 2011) has published two poems on Word Riotwhich you can read and listen to here!

Lisa’s poem “Dream of My Father’s Shiva, McCoy Park, 1976” is read by poet Richie Hofmann, who holds a BA from BU.  Richie recently published his first book of poetry.  At BU, he studied with Rosanna Warren.

Congratulations, Lisa and Richie!

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.

Micah Nathan in the Paris Review and Glimmer Train


We’re excited to share that an excerpt from Micah Nathan’s (Fiction 2010) novel In Search of Absolutely Nothing is forthcoming in Glimmer Train‘s latest issue!  In addition, Micah recently published this entertaining piece on Satanism and growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles in the Paris Review‘s Halloween edition.

Congrats, Micah!

Micah Nathan has written several novels, some ignored, most well-received. His short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Bellingham Review, Glimmer Train, and others. He Tweets frequently, but not so often as to be annoying. Find him @micahnathan.

Sasenarine Persaud shortlisted for Guyana Prize for Literature


by Denise Noone

We’re pleased to share that Sasenarine Persaud’s (Fiction ’06) poetry collection, Love in a Time of Technology, was shortlisted for the Guyana Prize in Literature!  You can also see the announcement in the Guyana Chronicle, here.

The judges had this to say about the book: “A fine collection of brief, succinct poems. The imagery is emotionally charged and reverberates with cultural memories: the references to the language, traditions and cultures of India are particularly poignant and interesting.”

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).  Persaud was born in Guyana and has lived in Canada for several years. He tarries in Florida.

Kelly Morse to publish chapbook in spring 2016


Kelly Morse (Poetry ’12) recently shared that her chapbook, Heavy Light, will be published by Two of Cups Press in spring 2016!

Kelly says, “Heavy Light focuses on the ambivalence nested within motherhood, the trauma and strange joy of it.”  Above is a photo of Kelly and her daughter, which we thought fitting for this great news!

Poems from Heavy Light have been published or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, The Journal, Riverteeth, and Tinderbox.  One of the poems, “Dar la luz,” was a finalist for Mid American Review‘s Fineline Prize, and will be published in their next issue.

Warm congratulations, Kelly, and we’re looking forward to reading your poems this spring!

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.

Nell Stevens’ memoir to be published by Picador, among others

Nell Stevens

We’re thrilled to announce that Nell Stevens (Fiction 2013) has sold her book to Picador in the UK, Doubleday in the US, and Knopf in Canada!  The book, called Bleaker House, is part memoir, part travelogue, and part short story collection.  It documents Nell’s time in the Falklands as she desperately tries–and fails–to write a novel, navigates intense loneliness, and comes up with ridiculous  processes to keep herself sane on isolated Bleaker Island.

Nell says, “Writing Bleaker House gave me the chance to rehabilitate and laugh at an experience that felt, at times, like a disaster – its publication with Picador is a great happy ending to that adventure.”

Congratulations, Nell!  We can’t wait to read about your adventure.

Nell Stevens has a First in English and Creative Writing from Warwick, after which she went on to study Arabic and Comparative Literature at Harvard, and to receive a Marcia Trimble Fellowship and the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award for her MFA in Fiction at Boston University. She is currently researching a PhD in Victorian literature at King’s College London. She was a finalist in the 2011 Elle magazine Writing Talent Contest, and a runner up in both the 2014 Mslexia Memoir Competition and the 2015 Mslexia Short Story Prize.

Calvin Olsen published in The Missouri Review


We are happy to share (a bit late!) that Calvin Olsen’s (Poetry 2011) poem “Territory” was featured as the Poem of the Week on The Missouri Review online.  You can also read “Territory” and another poem by Calvin called “I Wish the Moon” in our alumni journal, 236.

Calvin says, I attempted to shape the poem to allow the reader to see the owl as I do: wild, enticing, and more than a little intimidating—a lot like taking a good look at yourself.

Thanks, Calvin, and congratulations!

Calvin Olsen holds an MFA from Boston University, where he received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. His poetry and translations have appeared in Nashville Review, Catch & Release, Gravel, The Interpreter’s House, Salamander, and Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art, among many others. His current projects include a book-length manuscript, a translation of the collected works of Alberto de Lacerda, and an extensive undertaking at tenthousandhaiku.com. He lives in North Carolina.