Newsworthy Notes


We have been a productive bunch this past year with publications, babies, and awards springing from the creativity of our department members. We also say goodbye to some colleagues and students and wish them well in their future endeavors.

The Writing Program welcomed three new babies this year:

Eva Patricia Kehoe born to Ted and Mandi Kehoe  on December 3

Walt Dyer Barents born to Kevin and Brandy Barents on March 15

Theodore Nelson Prentice born to Jason and Jennifer Prentice on April 11

Your summer reading should include these books and articles recently published by our colleagues:

Poems from Jason Tandon‘s latest collection, Quality of Life (Black Lawrence Press 2013), have recently appeared in Esquire, Spoon River Poetry Review, Natural Bridge, Passages North, Poet Lore, and The Southampton Review. His reviews of contemporary American poetry have also appeared in AGNI online, Harvard Review online, and Pleiades.

In September, Elizabeth Stevens published her book Make Art Make Money – Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career, and had an article, “Millenials Don’t Get It: How the Muppets Created Generation X,” featured in Salon in April.

Joelle Renstrom became a staff writer for Giant Freakin Robot and has had numerous pieces published, including  “Here’s How to Convince the Public That We Need to Invest in Space Exploration,” in Slate (Jan 2014).

Diane Greco-Josefowicz published “The Last of the Nuba”  in the Spring 2014 edition of the Saint Ann’s Review.

In April, Chris Walsh published two essays:  “The Execution of Private Slovik, 40 Years Later” in the LA Review of Books and “Boston Marathon Bombing, One Year Later: Were the Tsarnaevs Really Cowards?” in Salon.

Joe Bizup edited and revised the 11th edition of Joseph Williams’s Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (2013) and the 5th edition of Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (2014).

Jessica Bozek published her second book of poetry The Tales (Les Figues Press 2013).

We are all proud of the awards and achievements of our colleagues this past year:

At the annual November conference on Jack the Ripper organized by the Whitechapel Society and the Belfast Titanic Museum Martin Fido was given the first Achievement Award for work on the history of the Whitechapel Murders.

In December, Michelle Hoover won an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose.

Tony Wallace won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in September, 2013 and on April 6th Tony  was honored as one of three 2014 finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction for his short story collection The Old Priest.

On May 7th, Maria Gapotchenko and David Shawn will receive a College of Arts & Sciences Award for Distinction in First-Year Undergraduate Education.

Bill Skocpol, Professor of Physics (and WR150 K2 “The Evolution of Computers”) is looking forward to his promotion to Emeritus, effective June 1st.

Best Wishes to our Outgoing Members:

Emily Goldstein left in December to pursue a new job at Harvard University.

Michelle Hoover will leave BU for the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence program at Brandeis University beginning in the fall.

Full-time lecturer and former graduate writing fellow Seth Blumenthal graduated last May (2013) with his PhD in History.

Part-time lecturer and former graduate writing fellow Ingrid Anderson graduated this past January with her PhD in Religious Studies.

Full-time lecturer and former graduate writing fellow Holly Schaaf graduated this past January with her PhD in English.

Part-time lecturer and former graduate writing fellow Ulrike Praeger will graduate this May with her PhD in Musicology.

Part-time lecturer and former graduate writing fellow Brian Sirman will graduate this May with his PhD in American and New England Studies.

Senior Undergraduate writing fellows who are graduating include:

Kristina King
Gill Ober
Miriam Bachman
Jesse Crane
Christopher Fitzgibbon
Stephen Krawec (graduated in December)



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