Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pictures from Alex Foster Photo Shoot

Thursday, April 23, 2009


For Release: April 22, 2009
Contact: Tanya Whiton

A Program of Pine Manor College


We are now accepting applications for the 5th Annual Solstice Summer Writers’ Conference, scheduled from June 22–26, 2009. Our diverse and award-winning faculty members give individual attention and constructive criticism to writers of poetry, fiction (including short stories and novels), creative nonfiction, and literature for young people.

In celebration of our 5th Anniversary, in 2009 we are offering a 5% tuition discount for any writer who attended the Solstice Conference in years prior. The deadline for applications is June 5, 2009.

For those unable to attend the workshops, business-of-writing seminars are open to registration on an "a la carte" basis for $25 per session; or sign up for all seven sessions for $150.

For seminar descriptions and a downloadable registration form, go to:; for complete faculty bios and downloadable application forms, go to:

The application deadline for the fall 2009 semester of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is April 27, 2009 (not a postmark date; materials must be received by our offices before or on April 27).

The fall 2009 semester begins with our summer residency, July 10 through July 19. Our special guest and commencement speaker this summer will be Walter Mosley.

Selected MFA classes will be available for audit during the July residency; an updated course list and registration form will be posted to our Web site soon.

For detailed program information and a downloadable application form, go to:



2009 Solstice Conference Faculty member Stephanie Elizondo Griest will be performing on Thurday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, 510 South First Street in San Jose, CA.

For more info, call (408) 998-2783 or go to:


2009 Solstice Conference Faculty member Peter Selgin will appear on the “Joey Reynolds Show” on Thursday, April 23 at 2 a.m. in conjunction with the publication of his new novel, Life Goes to the Movies. A book launch party will be held on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY.

For more information about the “Joey Reynold’s Show,” go to:; to RSVP for the book party, call (212) 755-6710 or email:

Solstice Conference & MFA Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will be reading on Saturday, April 25 from 6–8p.m. at the Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan.

For more information, go to


2009 Solstice Conference Faculty member A. Manette Ansay’s new book, Good Things I Wish For You, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in June.

For more information, go to:

Solstice participant and MFA faculty member Laban Carrick Hill’s piece about the world premiere of Langston Hughes's "Ask Your Mama" —a multimedia performance featuring Jessye Norman and The Roots— is now posted online at

To read the article, go to:

Solstice participant Luke Johnson has poems forthcoming in the spring 2009 issue of the Brooklyn Review, the summer 2009 issue of Beloit Poetry Journal, and issue 66 of New York Quarterly. Luke was also recently recognized by the Atlantic Monthly — — as the third place winner of their 2008 Student Writing Contest.

For more information, go to:;; and/or

A poem by ‘08 Solstice Faculty member Patricia Spears Jones, “What the Fates Allow," is posted online at Poems For The First 100 Days (of Barack Obama’s Presidency).

To read the poem, go to:

A poem by Solstice Program Director Meg Kearney, “Rum & Coke & A New Apartment,” appears in last month’s issue of Sun Magazine.

For more information, go to:

2009 Solstice Conference Faculty member Marie Myung-Ok Lee has a story in the current issue of Guernica Magazine.

For more information, go to:

Wildfire, ‘07 Solstice Faculty member Sarah Micklem’s second novel, is forthcoming from Scribner in July, 2009. Her first novel, Firethorn, will be reissued as a mass market paperback from Spectra in May.

“The Comformator,” an excerpt from Peter Selgin’s novel-in-progress, is forthcoming this summer in The Kean Review. His second book on writing craft will be published by Writers Digest Books in 2010, and he has two children’s books forthcoming: The Man Who Lived Alone and The Wild Parrots of Brooklyn.


Marie Myung-Ok Lee has been awarded residency fellowships at Ledig House International Writers Residency and Yaddo.


Laban Carrick Hill will be giving a talk on “Verse Novels: Turning Prose into Lyric” for the Many Voices Conference hosted by the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, NH, on Sunday, April 26 from 1:30–3:30pm.

For more information, go to:

2009 Solstice Conference Faculty member David Yoo will be presenting at the International Reading Association Convention, May 3-7, 2009 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S in Minneapolis, MN.

For more information, go to:


The New York Times Book Review featured David Yoo’s new young-adult novel, Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, on March 15, 2009.

To read the capsule review, go to:


Cave Canem is pleased to announce the 2009 competition for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, an annual first book award for African American poets. The deadline is April 30, 2009.

For more information, go to:

The deadline for the annual Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is May 1, 2009.

For more information, go to:

EWU Press announces the 2009 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry and the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, with deadlines of May 15, 2009.

For more information, go to:

New Letters announces the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award, The New Letters Poetry Award, and The Dorothy Churchill Cappon Nonfiction Award, each with a May 18, 2009 deadline.

For more information, go to:

The Writer Magazine hosts its annual short story contest with a deadline of May 31, 2009.

For more information, go to:

Hot Metal Press hosts a chapbook contest with a deadline of May 31, 2009.

For more information, go to:

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

5th Annual Arts Festival


Hope everyone's weekend is fantastic! Wanted to send a reminder for our big event w/ Hope Church NEXT SATURDAY 4.25.09 ... Hope to see you all there!!!

Genevieve, O-Ry-N, and the UFCo are joining with Hope Fellowship church in Cambridge for an event supporting locals artists in all genres and mediums. The event will be held at the church at 16 Beech St, Cambridge (between Porter and Davis Sqs).

Visual artists will be displaying their works, there will be dancing, live music - including performances by: Genevieve, O-Ry-N and other United Front Company affiliates, a chance to buy some cool music and art from cool people, and more. Come be a part of a positive movement ... FREE admission, FREE refreshments and an opportunity to support local art, music and other crafts.

5th Annual Arts Festival

Saturday, April 25, 2009



12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Art Exhibition

You're invited to view the work of over 50 local artists work on display in the church sanctuary and fellowship hall.

Come and purchase beautiful fine art, jewelry, pottery, clothing and artisan food from artists in our community.

FREE Food and beverages will be served. Admission is free.

6:00 PM - Live Talent Showcase

Join us for a moving evening of live performances from local area dancers, singers, poets, musicians and filmmakers.

Following the show, there will be a café where attendees can meet and chat with the artists. Admission is free.

Hope Fellowship Church exists to glorify God by inviting people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and into a community of people who passionately love God, actively love people and who are being equipped to become multiplying disciples to reach the nations.

Hope Fellowship Church | 16 Beech St. | Cambridge | MA | 02140

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Make sure to follow me on Twitter!

Jasen Sousa now on Twitter getting his tweet on.