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Solstice Conference Newsletter, Summer/Fall 2009

Solstice Conference Newsletter, Summer/Fall 2009
A Program of Pine Manor College

For release: Monday, August 10, 2009
Contact: Tanya Whiton; whitontanya@pmc.edu


ANNOUNCEMENTS


The photoshow for the 2009 Solstice Summer Writers' Conference is now posted online at www.pmc.edu/solstice-photo-galleries.

We are now accepting applications for the winter 2010/spring semester residency of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program. 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.

Applications are due by November 16, 2009 (not a postmark date; materials must be received by our offices before or on November 16). Applications received by October 13, 2009 will receive priority consideration.

The spring semester begins with our winter residency, January 1 to January 10, 2010.

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

For detailed program information and a downloadable application form, go to: www.pmc.edu/mfa.



READINGS & EVENTS

NORTHWEST

2009 Faculty member Mark Turcotte read for the North Dakota Council of Teachers of English Conference, Monday, August 3rd at the Doublewood in Fargo.

SOUTHEAST

2009 Faculty member Nickole Brown will be reading and giving a panel presentation for the annual Florida Literary Arts Coalition Conference, November 6–8 in St. Augustine, FL.

For more information, go to: http://www.floridarts.org/

2009 Faculty member Manette Ansay will present at the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, scheduled for October 9–11 in Nashville, TN.

For more information, go to: www.humanitiestennessee.org

NORTHEAST
Conference participant Laura McCullough read at The Bowery on August 8th as part of a benefit for the Bowery Poetry Club.

For more information, go to: www.bowerypoetry.com

Solstice Conference Director and poet Meg Kearney’s latest book, Home By Now, is available for preorder from Amazon.com, and will be released by Four Way Books on October 15. She will be giving readings throughout the fall, beginning with a reading on Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m. at Del Rossi’s Trattoria, RR 137, Dublin, NH. The official launch party takes place Wednesday, November 11, from 7-9 p.m. at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY.

For information about Meg’s upcoming appearances, go to: www.megkearney.com ; to preorder a copy, go to: www.amazon.com/Home-Now-Stahlecker-Selections-Kearney/dp/1884800947/ref=sr_1_2

2008 Faculty member Julia Glass’ latest book, I See You Everywhere, is now out in paperback. She will be reading at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, at 24 Pearl Street, on Monday, August 10, at 7:00 p.m. On Tuesday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m., she will be at McNally Jackson booksellers, 52 Prince Street, New York City, in conversation with her editor, Deb Garrison of Pantheon Books.

For more information about Julia's upcoming appearances, go to: http://www.randomhouse.com/author/results.pperl?authorid=10192&view=event


PUBLICATIONS


'08 Solstice faculty member Francisco Aragón's nonfiction memoir, "The Nicaraguan Novel," was published in Vol.14 No. 1 of Crab Orchard Review.

For more information, go to: http://craborchardreview.siuc.edu/

Solstice participant and MFA faculty member Laban Carrick Hill’s piece on Ghana appeared on the cover of the Travel Section of the Sunday New York Times on August 9, 2009.

Solstice participant Karina Berg Johansson has had a short story accepted by Falling Star Magazine.

For more information, go to: http://www.geocities.com/mcgee4468/fsm.html

Solstice participant Luke Johnson has poems forthcoming in the Fall 2009 issue of Third Coast, the Fall 2009 issue of Tar River Poetry, and the Winter 2009 issue of Rattle.

For more information, go to: www.thirdcoastmagazine.com, www.tarriverpoetry.com, and/or www.rattle.com.

2008 Faculty member Patricia Spears Jones compiled and edited a mini anthology of poems about Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Day hat for Bomb Magazine.

For more information, go to: http://bombsite.powweb.com/?p=2944

Solstice participant Andy Kantar’s YA nonfiction book, Deadly Voyage, is being released in September by Michigan State University Press.

For more information, go to: http://msupress.msu.edu/

Solstice participant (and 2009 guest instructor) Jessica Lipnack’s essay, "Feeling Numb," will be published by LaChance Publishing in Voices of MS.

For more information, go to: http://www.lachancepublishing.com/

Wildfire, ‘07 Faculty member Sarah Micklem’s second novel, is now available from Scribner and Amazon.com.

For more information, go to: http://www.amazon.com/Wildfire-Novel-Sarah-Micklem/dp/0743265246/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249571445&sr=8-1


Solstice participant Alicia Rouverol’s review of David Foster Wallace’s last book, This Is Water, appeared in The Monitor.

For more information go to: http://features.csmonitor.com/books/2009/04/14/this-is-water/

Lori Roy — an alumna of both Solstice and Writers in Paradise — has had her first novel, Bent Road, accepted for publication by Dutton Publishers, a division of Penguin Books.

For more information, go to: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/adult/dutton.html

Solstice participant Ingrid Silverstein won Scratch Contest's Spring Quarterly Contest; her winning story "Uptown/Downtown" is online at: www.scratchcontest.net.


GRANTS & AWARDS
Solstice participant and MFA student Jina Ortiz was awarded an NEA Fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center.

For more information, go to: www.vermontstudiocenter.org


CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, & SEMINARS

Nickole Brown is teaching a workshop on The Graphic Memoir: Storytelling in Pictures & Words, June 27, July 25, August 1, and August 29, 2009.

2009 Faculty member David Yoo will be teaching a writing workshop at Camp Sejong, a week-long Korean Culture camp in Blairstown, New Jersey, from Aug 9–15, 2009.


OTHER NEWS

Adele Annesi has launched a new website, http://adeleannesi.com on the theme of place as inspiration to complement her blogs for editors and writers http://wordforwords.blogspot.com and http://writinglinx.blogspot.com. Adele was also recently appointed publicity chair of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.

Solstice participant Kelly Connolly’s blog, http://threeunda3.blogspot.com/ features humorous and poignant writing on the subject of motherhood, writing, and other topics.

2007 Conference & MFA Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen’s musical, Whaddaya Give? was performed May 14-16 at the Leelanau Historical Society.


CONNECTIONS

Alimentum (co-edited by 2009 Solstice Conference Faculty member Peter Selgin) announces its Poetry Contest, and will be accepting entries from September 1 through December 1, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.alimentumjournal.com/submissions.html

The Writers’s Market is now accepting article pitches for the 2011 Poet’s Market, through September 1, 2009.

For more information, email: Robert Lee Brewer, Editor, Poet's Market at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com

Anderbo.com is seeking to post ONE unpublished entire novel on its website by December 1, 2009 for at least the following six months. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.anderbo.com/guidelines.html

The Poetry Instigator invites all writers of poetry to join their Summer Journals Challenge, featuring four weeks of writing prompts, literary discussions, and special features.

For more information, go to: www.writingprompts.org




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