Posts by: Coordinator

Ani Gjika on Louise Gluck as teacher

Ani Gjika (Poetry ’11) has written a gorgeous essay on Nobel-Prize-winning poet Louise Glück for World Literature Today, and we’re delighted to share it here. From the essay: …in poems, and at work as a teacher, [Louise] was a master at swerving, surprising you with the unexpected way she looked at things. But it was not the kind of surprise that […]

Omer Friedlander signs two-book deal with Random House

We’re so thrilled for recent alum Omer Friedlander (Fiction ’19), who recently sold his book of short stories and novel to Random House!  It’s been so exciting to read Omer’s work in literary journals over the past couple years, and now we can’t wait to find it on shelves.  His story collection is called The […]

Omer Friedlander wins Sonora Review Contest, judged by Rebecca Makkai

Even more good news from Omer Friedlander (Fiction ’19), who recently won the Sonora Review fiction contest for his story “Scheherazade and Radio Station 97.2 FM”!   Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, had this to say about Omer’s writing: “Scheherezade and Radio Station 97.2 FM has magic […]

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura wins Slapering Hol Chapbook Prize

We’re so excited to announce that Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (Poetry ’20) has won the Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition! His chapbook Ubasute will be published in March 2021. Aaron says, My chapbook collection Ubasute is about my parents who have both passed away, my father in 2011 and my mother in 2015. These poems keep them […]

Stacy Mattingly publishes essay in Lit Hub

Stacy Mattingly (Fiction ’11) has published an essay in Literary Hub about Bosnia and Herzegovina, friendship, and literary collaboration, among other things. Stacy first visited the Balkans as a Global Fellow and later founded a writers’ collective there, for poets and prose writers working in Bosnian/Croatian/ Serbian and English. She continues to work with writers in the region. […]

Ben Jackson wins second place in American Short(er) Fiction contest

Ben Jackson (Fiction 2018)  published a story in American Short Fiction!  “Karst” won second place in ASF’s American Short(er) Fiction contest.  Ben says that the story emerged from his relationship with his grandmother.  Read “Karst” (or hear Ben read it) here. Congratulations, Ben! Ben Jackson’s writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, American Short Fiction online, the […]

Rahad Abir published in Los Angeles Review

Rahad Abir (Fiction ’20) has published a story in The Los Angeles Review!  You can read the story, entitled “Do Not Look at Girls,” here. Congratulations, Rahad! Rahad Abir is a writer from Bangladesh. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, The Bombay Literary Magazine, The Wire, Himal Southasian, BRICK LANE TALES […]

Val Otarod receives St. Botolph grant

We’re happy to announce that Val Otarod (Fiction ’20)  received an Emerging Artists Award this spring!  Given by the St. Botolph Club in Boston, this grant is one of New England’s most prestigious, and supports musicians and visual artists as well as writers.  We’re very proud to have had several St. Botolph award recipients from our […]

Omer Friedlander and Victor Yang Finalists for Nelson Algren, with Weike Wang as Judge

We’re so proud of Omer Friedlander (Fiction ’19) and Victor Yang (Fiction ’20), who were recently named finalists for the nationally-renowned Nelson Algren short story award! This prestigious contest, named in honor of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, honors five finalists and one winner out of several hundreds of entries from around the country. We’re so pleased […]

International Poetry Circle launched by Tara Skurtu

On March 15, Tara Skurtu (Poetry ’13) started an initiative called International Poetry Circle, and she says she “had no idea how much it’d grow.”  Today, IPC has over 2,000 videos, across all social media platforms, in more than fifteen languages!  During this isolating season, IPC has been helping people around the world connect through poetry. “At International […]