Posts by: zakbos

Qais Akbar Omar interviewed by The Economist

Qais Akbar Omar (Fiction, 2015) is interviewed today at The Economist’s Prospero literary blog. From the interview: WHEN the Taliban were forced out of Kabul in 2001, life began once again for Qais Akbar Omar. He helped rebuild the family carpet business, became an interpreter for the United Nations, worked on a Dari-language production of […]

On Lowell in the classroom at BU

The class met at Boston University on Tuesdays from two to four in a dismal room the shape of a shoe box. It was a bleak spot, as if it had been forgotten for years, like the spinning room in Sleeping Beauty’s castle. We were not allowed to smoke, but everyone smoked anyhow, using their […]

May 15th MFA reading at the Playwright’s Theater

At 7 PM on May 15, 2012, come to the Boston Playwright’s Theater at 949 Commonwealth Avenue, for the final session in the BU MFA poetry reading series, featuring Susan Barba, Mike Brokos, Bryan Coller, Megan Fernandes, L. E. Goldstein, Abriana Jette, Natasha Hakimi, and Kelly Morse. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Susan Barba […]

“The Matter with Words”, a talk with Tim Parks

If you’re on campus, the ASLCW invites you to claim at seat in the Editorial Institute library tomorrow at 5:15 for a talk with novelist and translator Tim Parks. Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks studied at Cambridge and Harvard before moving permanently to Italy in 1981. Author of three bestselling books on Italy, […]

“City Aubade” by Vanesha Pravin

Birds strung on high-tension wires, my tongue heavy in its thick hot nest, I slip out. — the opening lines of  “City Aubade” by Vanesha Pravin (MFA ’09),  appearing at Slate as this week’s Tuesday Poem pick. There is an interesting appendage following the text of the poem proper, a discussion where Pravin dove into […]

Robert Pinsky to read at Tufts

Robert Pinsky,  faculty member in BU’s Creative Writing program and this year’s winner of the John Holmes Memorial Poetry Award, will be reading from his own work next Thursday, April 7th, from 3:30 – 5 PM in the Hirsh Reading Room at Tufts University’s Tisch Library. An exhibit celebrating his literary accomplishments will be on […]

Maia Rauschenberg published in Passages North

New verse by alumna Maia Rauschenberg (Poetry ’09) has been published in the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Passages North, a literary magazine published at Northern Michigan University. * Following her graduate, Maia spent several months in Patagonia as the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship for travel related to her creative writing. She blogged […]

Shilpi Suneja named a short story contest finalist

Shilpi Suneja (MFA 2009) was named one of ten finalists in the 2010 Asian American Short Story Contest sponsored by the New York-based Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Hyphen magazine. Shilpi is previously the winner of the “Set in Harvard Square” contest organized by Harvard Book Store, for her story “A River Cannot Be a […]

Colleen Doyle wins BU AAP student poetry prize

The winner of the 2010 Boston University Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize – as selected by this year’s judge, David Rivard – is MFA candidate Colleen Doyle (’10). Honorable mention has been awarded to Rebekah Stout (’10). In 1955, The Academy of American Poets established its University and College Poetry Prize program at […]

Prof. Pinsky and other laureates and heretics

In his new book, Laureates and Heretics: Six Careers in American Poetry,Robert Archambeau “examines the influence of the poet and critic Yvor Winters on his final generation of graduate students at Stanford in the early 1960s: Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky, James McMichael, John Matthias, and John Peck. Archambeau divides the poets into two groups, laureates […]