Boston University's Creative Writing Program held its annual faculty reading on Feb. 10, what Annaka Saari — the program's administrative coordinator — called “a buffet of inspiration.” 2023 marks the first year the event has been in-person since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Your voice is your instrument,” said Saari. “Hearing people read their work in their voice, I think, is a beautiful experience,” Saari said. She works on planning events for the program and assisting graduate students with planning their courses. As a creative writing program alum herself, Saari said it's important to “engage with other work,” especially with that of the accomplished writers featured in the faculty reading. Kenmore classroom building at Boston University. A crowd of roughly 40 people gathered for the first Creative Writing Faculty Reading since 2020. YITONG LI/DFP STAFF “To be able to have a variety of work not just in genre … but also in worldview and subject and style,” she said. “It's wonderful.” Ha Jin, a William Fairfield Warren distinguished professor at BU, showcased an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, “The Woman Back from Moscow,” which will be released this fall. Jin, a graduate of the MFA program, is a prolific writer of novels, short stories and poems. Growing up in China has, he said, given him a different perspective, which has helped with his writing. “To write is to prove that I still exist as an individual, […] Arts & Entertainment, Features
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