Weike Wang to be Next Speaker in Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series

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The Boston University Creative Writing department is so excited to welcome Weike Wang (Fiction ’15) as the next speaker in The Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series.

Weike will join us via Zoom at 7:00PM on Thursday, 03 March. She will read from her new novel Joan is Okay, which was released by Random House in January, and participate in a Q&A Session with the audience. This event is free and open to the public, and those who are interested in attending can register at this link.

Weike’s work has recently been published in Ploughshares and she was awarded the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award for her first novel, Chemistry (Knopf, 2017). This event will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Weike and her craft; be sure to join us!

John Rosengren’s Tenth Book to Come Out in March


John Rosengren (MA ’94)’s tenth book Classic Baseball: Timeless Tales, Immortal Moments will be released by Rowman & Littlefield in March. The book is a collection of articles written by Rosengren -- some of which originally appeared in Sports IllustratedThe New YorkerVICE Sports, and other outlets -- that explores stories surrounding legends such as Ty Cobb and Sandy Koufax, as well as tales told by and about lesser-known figures. From reflecting on famous moments to shining light on the details of more mundane happenings, these stories celebrate America's favorite pastime with humor and reverence.

Congratulations, John!

You can read more about the book (and preorder a copy!) at this link.

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!