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


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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

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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 He lives in North Carolina.

Cara Bayles wins Chautauqua Journal Editors’ Prize

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I’m excited to announce that my former classmate, Cara Bayles (Fiction 2013), won the Chautauqua Journal Editors’ Prize!  Cara first wrote the winning story, “Ostracita,” for a workshop with Leslie Epstein here at BU.  The piece will automatically be nominated for the Pushcart Prize as a condition of the contest.

Congrats, Cara! and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for the Pushcart.

Cara Bayles’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Meridian (University of Virginia), Chautauqua Literary Journal, Ruminate, Trop, and the anthology Watching the Cash Roll in Since 2012. She received a 2014-2015 Steinbeck Fellowship at San Jose State University to work on her novel. She is also the recipient of a Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship in Fiction, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a Tennessee Williams scholarship to attend the 2015 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is a graduate of Boston University’s MFA program. As an award-winning journalist, she’s spent the past six years covering the streets of Boston and the bayous of southern Louisiana.

Tara Skurtu to read at Poetry Festival in Romania

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Globetrotting poet Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13) will be reading at Poets in Transylvania, a poetry festival in Romania!  The festival features an excellent line-up, including Tara’s former teacher Lloyd Schwartz.  (Robert Pinsky, also listed, had to pull out at the last minute.)  Tara went to Romania on a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and has recently returned on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Break a leg, Tara!

Book Coauthored by Stacy Mattingly Made into Movie

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In 2005, Stacy Mattingly (Fiction ’11) coauthored UNLIKELY ANGEL: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero with Ashley Smith. This Friday, September 18, Paramount Pictures will release a feature film based on the book!  CAPTIVE stars David Oyelowo (SELMA) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”).  HarperCollins has re-released the book under the film title.


Watch the trailer below!

Hearty congratulations, Stacy!  We’re excited for you.

Stacy Mattingly is a U.S. writer and the founder of the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, a bilingual group of poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has led the workshop since 2012. Stacy holds an MFA in fiction from Boston University, where she was a Marcia Trimble Fellow, a Leslie Epstein Global Fellow, and recipient of the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award. She has taught creative writing at Boston University, is slated to teach for Boston’s Grub Street, and helped lead the first Narrative Witness exchange (Caracas-Sarajevo) for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Stacy is currently writer-in-residence at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and has just completed a first novel, set in the Balkans.

Carla Panciera wins Grace Paley Prize

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Carla Panciera’s (poetry ’87) short story collection, Bewildered, was chosen by Pam Houston to receive the Grace Paley Prize for short fiction!  The book was published by the University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2014, and was the first collection to have been written by a Massachusetts writer since UMass began publishing winning titles from this series in 1990.

“What links these stories,” Panciera said, “is what links all of us: The desire to belong, the need to heal, the fear of what happens next.”

Congratulations, Carla!

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Carla Panciera received her MA in Poetry from BU in 1987.  She has published two collections of poetry. Bewildered is her first book of fiction.