Boston University News Release

24th November, 2003

Robert Pinsky and Boston Arts Academy Form Boston University Creative Writing Scholars Program

(Boston, Mass.) – Robert Pinsky, professor of English at Boston University and the former Poet Laureate of the United States, and Linda Nathan, headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), recently created the Boston University Creative Writing Scholars Program. The year-long writers’ residency for graduate students was established as a mentoring program for high school students.

“Thanks to the energy and generosity of the BU creative writing graduate students, we have a program that should be a model for schools and creative writing programs all over the country,” says Pinsky. “I’m grateful to Linda Nathan and BAA for letting us do this work, which has meant a lot to the students at two remarkable places: this public high school with an emphasis on the arts and BU’s superlative graduate writing program.”

The 10 participating graduate students conduct weekly writing workshops in poetry, short fiction, drama, and essays with students at the BAA. The high school students submit their work to the students’ arts magazine, Slateblue Arts, and the Boston University’s Playwrights Theater.

The Creative Writing Program at Boston University is a competitive and intensive one-year Master’s degree curriculum, considered among the best in the country. Students must complete eight classes composed of workshops and Boston University graduate curriculum classes.

The Boston Arts Academy was established in 1999 as a Boston Pilot School. It is a collaborative project between Boston Public Schools and the ProArts Consortium, an association of institutions specializing in the visual arts, performing arts, and architecture. The academy serves 400 students in grades nine through 12.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.

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