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Grant Quackenbush’s poetry debut forthcoming in October

We’re excited to announce that Grant Quackenbush’s poetry book Off Topic is forthcoming from Pinyon Publishing this October!  Below is the cover of the book, an oil portrait of the author by Bradford J. Salamon. Off Topic grew out of Grant’s BU thesis, which he continued to write  and revise during the spring and summer of 2020.  He says: I got […]

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura and Julia Pike receive St. Botolph grants

We’re so pleased to announce that Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (Poetry ’20) and current fiction MFA Julia Pike have received Emerging Artists Awards this spring! Given by the St. Botolph Club Foundation in Boston, the 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. […]

Stacy Mattingly publishes essay in Off Assignment

Stacy Mattingly (Fiction ’11) published a moving essay about a bit of family history in Off Assignment.  The essay, called “To the Spy I’m Named For,” is part of the excellent “Letter to a Stranger” column.  Read it here! Off Assignment had this to say about the piece: R was a spy, a diplomat from Mississippi, a CIA man in […]

Current poets celebrate National Poetry Month with on-campus readings

We’re so pleased to share news from one of our current poets, Sean Beckett. A talented spoken word artist, Sean brought his love of poetry to students as a teacher at Boston Arts Academy last fall. This spring, he organized an outdoor reading series on Marsh Plaza for both his BU classmates and the Boston community. Sean […]

Jason Barry published in 32 Poems

Jason Barry (Poetry 2019) has published a poem called “Fishing” in the latest issue of 32 Poems! Jason says, “Fishing” was written in memory of Dr. Kim Bridgford – the poet and director of Poetry by the Sea, an annual writers conference held in Madison, Connecticut. I was awarded a scholarship to attend the inaugural conference in 2015, and it […]

Caroline Woods’ second novel to be published by Knopf Doubleday

We’re proud to share that Caroline Woods (Fiction ’08) has signed with Knopf Doubleday to publish her second novel, The Lunar Housewife, in 2022! The novel is inspired by the CIA’s manipulation of arts and letters during the Cold War and follows a journalist who faces a mix of censorship, surveillance, and gaslighting when she pens […]

Chloe Martinez publishes chapbook with Backbone Press

We’re so excited to announce that Chloe Martinez (Poetry ’07) has published a chapbook!  The book, Corner Shrine, was the winner of the of the Backbone Press Chapbook Contest. Chloe says, These poems have come out of many years of travel and study in India, and they engage with questions of identity and belonging. They were written […]

Kate McGunagle published in Five Points

Kate McGunagle’s (Fiction 2015) story “Girls” appeared in the December issue of Five Points! “Girls” examines sexual awakening and its paradoxes in the small western town. Congratulations, Kate! Kate McGunagle is a 2015 graduate of BU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and holds a B.A. from Princeton University. This is her debut publication.

Stephanie Mullings published in Open Ceilings

We’re excited to announce that Stephanie Mullings (Fiction ’19) published a short story in Open Ceilings, a literary journal housed at UC Davis!  Stephanie wrote the story for Leslie Epstein’s fiction workshop at BU. Stephanie says: “Teammates” is the fraught coming of age experience. It’s the delicateness of navigating the terms of your identity, or friendships, or […]

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 […]