Intercollegiate Poetry Festival

baileyBetsy Sholl, Maine’s poet laureate from 2006 to 2011, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival taking place at Boston College on Apr. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Yawkey Center. Sholl is the author of several collections of poetry, including Otherwise Unseeable, winner of the Four Lakes Prize in Poetry Prize. Area college students selected by their professors will read from their own poetry at the event. Boston College will be represented by senior Bailey Spencer (pictured), who will share “Ferment and Grow Old,” a poem in tribute to her great-grandmother. A chapbook of student poetry will be published in conjunction with the festival, which has been organized by BC English Professor Suzanne Matson. Sponsors: Poetry Days and Boston College Magazine.

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jesus bookBest-selling author and Jesuit priest James Martin, SJ, has published a new book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage (HarperCollins, 2014), that offers readers a unique look at both the human emotions and divine activities of Jesus. According to the publisher, the book is a bold retelling of the Gospels that is faithful to the Christian tradition. It brings together the most up-to-date Bible scholarship, spiritual insights, and lighthearted stories about Fr. Martin’s travels through the Holy Land where he visited the most significant sites in the life of Jesus. Listen to Fr. Martin discuss his new book in this video and offer the Top 10 Things to Know about Jesus. Fr. Martin’s previous publications include The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, My Life with the Saints, and Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life. He is also an editor-at-large at America magazine. Fr. Martin graduated from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, which reaffiliated with Boston College in 2008 to form the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston College. In a recent column for America magazine, he thanked several scholars– including STM’s Richard Clifford, SJ and Thomas Stegman, SJ–who helped him as he wrote his book.

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The books they love

bGlobe_normal_biggerThis semester’s lineup of speakers for BC’s Lowell Humanities Series was stellar. Kudos to Boston College Professor of English Carlo Rotella, director of the Lowell Humanities Series, and his team for organizing the lecture series and Boston College and the Lowell Institute of Boston for the funding. Among the writers who came to Boston College were Frog Music and Room author Emma Donoghue and The Unwinding author George Packer, both of whom shared their thoughts on reading and books with the Boston Globe in advance of their talks on campus. Donoghue Q&A | Packer Q&A


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Hangout with Boston Strong author

PR5H9378.JPGBC alumnus Dave Wedge, an investigative journalist and author of the forthcoming book Boston Strong, will participate in a Google hangout today from  2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Wedge’s book, co-written with New York Times best-selling author Casey Sherman, is a compelling, dramatic non-fiction account of the heartbreak and heroism that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Wedge will talk about the anniversary of the bombings and share the stories of survival and perseverance of the victims and their families. A piece they wrote about a healing voyage for the marathon survivors was featured earlier this year in Esquire magazine. Sponsor: Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs.
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Happily ever after?

ever afterIn her first novel, BC alumna Laura Kenyon imagines the “happily ever after” lives of beloved fairy tale princesses, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel and friends. Desperately Ever After has been described as  one part Sex and the City, two parts Desperate Housewives, and three parts Brothers Grimm. Learn more about Kenyon in this author Q&A.  Follow Kenyon on Twitter at @Laura_Kenyon and facebook.

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Jesuit Post book

jesuit postThe bright, young minds that brought the world The Jesuit Post (TJP)–a website featuring commentary from young Jesuits on the intersection of faith and culture–have published a new book of essays titled, The Jesuit Post (Orbis Books). In addition to 20 original essays, the book includes a few “best of” essays from the website’s first two years. Many Boston College students and alumni are contributors to the new book. School of Theology and Ministry students Ryan Duns, SJ; Quentin Dupont, SJ; Michael Rozier, SJ, and Sam Sawyer, SJ have written essays. Alumni contributors are Jeff Johnson, SJ; James Martin, SJ; Jayme Stayer, SJ, and George Williams, SJ. Sawyer’s essay can be previewed here. In a review, Publishers Weekly says “Religious faith and the spiritual life are more relevant than ever, even if contemporary young adults live out these commitments in radically different ways than past generations. St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, would be proud to know that his work continues into the 21st century.” Sawyer, who earned his undergraduate degree from BC, is one of the founders of TJP, which has been called “one of the best things that U.S. Jesuits have done in the last 10 years.” Read an interview with the TJP founders.

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Poet Spotlight: Spece

roadsIn honor of National Poetry Month, BC Bookmarks spotlights BC alumnus Joseph Spece, editor of SHARKPACK Poetry Review and author of the poetry collection Roads. According to Hannah Fries of Orion Magazine: “The language of Joseph Spece is richly musical, at once strange and familiar, formidable, exploratory, confident. ..these are the poems of an intensely curious soul, a poet steeped in myth and in letters.” Earlier this academic year, Spece gave a reading on campus and talked about his writing with @BC. His poem, “Hades and the Linguists,” was published in the Winter 2014 issue of Boston College Magazine.

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