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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 […]

Anitha Ahmed graduates from med school and BU MFA program

We’re super excited to celebrate with Anitha Ahmed, who earned her MFA from Boston University and MD from Thomas Jefferson University this month!  Anitha generously took the time to tell us more about her path to becoming a doctor and a writer, her time at BU, and what she’s reading and writing these days. When and […]

Susan Barba publishes second collection of poetry

Susan Barba (Poetry ’12) has just published her second book, geode, with Black Sparrow Press!  A rave review in the Globe says geode “pulses with the blood of earth and stone. Through a lens of geography and geology, Barba looks at time, and our human efforts — sometimes futile, sometimes hopeful, sometimes cruel — to make sense of forces much larger and […]

Sheila Sundar publishes short story in Crazyhorse

We’re excited to share that Sheila Sundar (current fiction MFA) has published a story in the spring 2020 issue of Crazyhorse!  The story, “Deccan Basalt,” was workshopped in Leslie Epstein’s class this past year. Sheila says, I’ve always been interested in stories of humanity–of finding solace and connection in unexpected places. Because I was raised in an […]

Aaron-Caycedo Kimura published in Beloit Poetry Journal

We’re happy to share that our current poetry MFA student, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, recently published a poem in the spring issue of Beloit Poetry Journal!  Read the poem here. Aaron says, My poem “The Fern” is about the loss of something I never had but always wanted. It was inspired by the wild ferns growing in my backyard that […]

Jordan Coriza wins two contests

We’re so excited for Jordan Coriza (Fiction ’08) who has won two contests for his novel The Dead Phone!  Jordan won the Craft on Draft contest back in May, but he was recently interviewed by Dead Darlings, and you can check that out here. Jordan was also selected to be the Hotel Commonwealth’s Writer-in-Residence.  The prize […]

Omer Friedlander receives VSC fellowship

We’re so happy to announce that Omer Friedlander (Fiction 2019) has received a fully-funded Vermont Studio Center fellowship!  He will be in residence at VSC for four weeks in May 2020.  Before that, Omer is traveling to India on a Global Fellowship.  He is currently reading The White Book by Han Kang and We the Animals by Justin Torres. […]