Eleanor Goodman Receives NEA Fellowship

Eleanor Goodman (Poetry ’03) has been named a 2022 Translation Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts! The fellowship has been awarded in support of her translation of Chinese writer Zang Di’s poetry collection Elegies for My Son. Di has dedicated himself to writing one poem a day for decades, and the poems in Elegies for My Son were written in the aftermath of his seven-year-old son’s accidental drowning.

Of the opportunities presented by this fellowship, Eleanor has said that “translation itself is a kind of fellowship: a meeting of minds and artistic sensibilities and cultural baggage. It is a deep kind of empathy, a practice of temporarily inhabiting another language, another sensory perspective, even another life. To be able to engage in all this within the larger fellowship of the NEA is an incredible honor, and I’m deeply grateful for these gifts of time and of community.”

Congratulations, Eleanor!

You can read more about Eleanor and her project on the NEA’s website.

Daniel Hardisty’s Collection Wins East Anglian Book Award

thumbnail_Hardisty-Rose-with-Harm-cover-RGBDaniel Hardisty (Poetry ’18)’s collection Rose with Harm has been named the winner of the poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards!

The book was published by Salt in late 2020, and was also shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize 2021. Gail Mazur has called the book “A really beautiful and mature collection.” You can read Daniel’s thoughts about the collection here.

Congratulations, Daniel!

Neshat Khan Earns Pushcart Mention

20211104_120727BU alum Neshat Khan (Fiction ’17) has a lot of good news to share! Her story, “Gifted,” which was named finalist in Mississippi Review‘s Fiction Contest (and was published in last year’s summer issue), received a Special Mention in the most recent Pushcart Anthology.

Additionally, Neshat’s story “Moonspotting” was recently named a finalist for New Letters’ Robert Day Fiction Award, as well as the Pleiades Kinder/Crump Fiction Award. Neshat was also named a semi-finalist for the Kenyon Review Fellowship earlier in the year.

Congratulations, Neshat!

The Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series Presents: Lisa Taddeo

LT HEADSHOTBoston University’s Program in Creative Writing is thrilled to announce that Lisa Taddeo (Fiction ’17) will be the featured reader for this fall’s installation of The Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series, which will take place on November 17 at 7:00 PM. Lisa will be reading from her debut novel, Animal, and will then participate in a Q&A session after the reading.

Lisa’s nonfiction book Three Women was a New York Times bestseller and is being adapted for television by Showtime. In a review for The Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert called the book “an astonishing book of literary reportage.” Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert remarked: “I can’t remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women.” Reviewers of Animal have praised Lisa’s “empathy and intelligence and remarkable insight” (Jennifer Haigh for The New York Times) and called the book “abrasive and unsparing” (Sandra Newman for The Guardian).

This event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend can use this Zoom link.


Lisa Hiton’s Book Reviewed by Meg Fernandes

398943_10100779059290890_1574296033_nThe first review of Lisa Hiton (Poetry ’11)’s debut collection Afterfeast, has arrived! The book was reviewed in Harriet Books, Poetry Foundation’s portal for poetry-related news. The reviewer, Boston University alum Meg Fernandes (Poetry ’12), said of the book: “Lisa Hiton’s Afterfeast explores Mediterranean superstition, the spiritual complexities of Judaism, and the undersung erotics of lesbian intimacy with a daunting omniscience, moving from past to present, from real city to mythical terrain, from lyric speaker to shifting persona.” 

You can read the full review here.

Congratulations, Lisa!



Stories by Carolynn Mireault Published and Forthcoming

Mireault_author_photoCarolynn Mireault (Fiction ’22) has been on a hot streak. This summer, Carolynn has published her stories in The South Shore Review (“Grief Bacon“), Across the Margin (“Blessing the Whammies“), FEED (“Joy of the World at Night” and “Here it Happens”), and Misery Tourism (“Unhappy Woman“).

In addition to these stories, Carolynn also has pieces forthcoming in Louisiana LiteratureBULL, The Westchester Review, and Abandon Journal. You can learn more about Carolynn and her work on her website.

Congratulations, Carolynn!

Laura Marris to Publish Book with Graywolf

Marris_Photo_Credit Matt KenyonBoston University Creative Writing alum and former Favorite Poem Project Director Laura Marris’s (poetry ’13) book The Age of Loneliness has been picked up by Graywolf.

The book is a series of essays that explore loneliness through both personal and ecological lenses. The book pays great attention to where these perspectives overlap, illuminating the losses experienced by humans and the coping that must be done to live with the absences left behind.

Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Marris is a writer and translator. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Yale ReviewThe Point and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by a MacDowell Fellowship and a Daniel Varoujan Award. Recent translations include Albert Camus’s The Plague, which comes out from Knopf in November. With Alice Kaplan, she is also the co-author of States of Plague: Reading Albert Camus in a Pandemic (University of Chicago Press, 2022). Her first solo-authored book, The Age of Loneliness, will be published by Graywolf in 2024.

Photo Credit: Matt Kenyon

Ying-Ju Lai Named Writer-in-Residence by Associates of the Boston Public Library


Boston University Creative Writing alum Ying-Ju Lai (Fiction ’13) has received one of two Writer-in-Residence fellowships awarded by the Associates of the Boston Public Library in 2021. She, as well as fellow winner Katy Doughty, will receive a stipend, editorial assistance, and office space in the Boston Public Library.

Going to Disneyland, Ying-Ju’s proposed young adult novel, focuses on the experiences of a sixteen-year-old girl named Jiajia, a “parachute kid” with parents being pursued by the Chinese government after being accused of fraud and bribery. After her father abruptly arrives in the United States, Jiajia embarks on a cross-country adventure that forces her to confront the consequences of her parents’ behavior as well as her own privilege. Sian Gaetano, the Children’s and YA Editor at Shelf Awareness said of the project: “The ripped-from-the-headlines quality of Going to Disneyland mixed with the captivating writing and realistic character development make for an utterly entertaining YA novel.”

A virtual celebration and reading will be hosted by the Associates of the Boston Public Library on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to learn more or register to attend can use this link.

Congratulations, Ying-Ju!

Boston Writers Involved in New Writers’ Coalition

Boston University Creative Writing alumni Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13), Rachel Dewoskin (Poetry ’00), and edb78a3f-591b-46b6-915e-04d87513029aAGNI founder Askold Melnyczuk (MA ’78) are involved in a new, international coalition of writers dedicated to protecting democratic values. As members of the steering committee of Writers for Democratic Action, they (and other members such as Peter Balakian, Carolyn Forché, Jericho Brown, and Natasha Tretheway) have committed themselves to the organization’s mission of “bringing together the literary community to demand racial and economic justice, champion suffrage for all people, oppose impediments to democratic government, and resist white supremacist, nationalist, and fascist movements,” and promise to “stand vigilant in the service of the republic to promote the common good.”

On September 11, 2021, the twentieth anniversary of al Qaeda’s assaults on the United States, Writers for Democratic Action will present a panel of distinguished writers to discuss what the United States’ response to 9/11 has meant both for the country and for the rest of the world. Panelists will engage with questions of the effects that linger in the present moment globally, and how we might learn from the history of 9/11 and inform our actions in defense of democracy.

Novelist Paul Auster, essayist and poet Caroline Randall Williams, historian Heather Cox Richardson, and Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury will discuss these questions as part of a panel moderated by author and former NPR host and correspondent Jacki Lyden. The event will be hosted by Todd Gitlin, a writer, sociologist, and founding member of Writers for Democratic Action. Mitchell Kaplan and Books & Books have agreed to virtually host the event.

Those interested in attending the event can register for the free event here. Those seeking more information about Writers for Democratic Action can visit their website or email thewriters@writersfordemocraticaction.org.

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura to publish book with Beacon Press


We’re excited to announce that Aaron Caycedo-Kimura’s (Poetry ’20) book, Common Grace: Poems, is forthcoming from Beacon Press! Aaron says the book grew out of his thesis, which he continued working on after graduating in fall 2020.

Common Grace is a poetry collection in three parts. It explores Aaron’s life and art, the death of his parents, and his close relationship with his wife, Luisa Caycedo-Kimura (Poetry ’13). The book is part of the new poetry series Raised Voices and will be published in fall 2022.

Congratulations, Aaron!

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is a poet and visual artist. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, DMQ Review, Tule Review, THINK Journal, Louisiana Literature, Naugatuck River Review, and elsewhere. Aaron is also the author and illustrator of Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life (TarcherPerigee).