Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM OF PINE MANOR COLLEGE


Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
For Release: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Contact: Tanya Whiton, whitontanya@pmc.edu


SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM OF PINE MANOR COLLEGE
FACULTY, STAFF, & STUDENT NEWS FOR OCTOBER 2009

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The application deadline for the spring 2010 semester of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is
November 16, 2009 (not a postmark date; materials must be received by our offices before or on November 16).

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

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

READINGS & EVENTS

MASSACHUSETTS

Creative nonfiction writer Amy Hoffman reads from her work-in-progress, Lies About My Family: A Memoir, on Thursday, October 29 at noon, as part of the Wellesley Centers for Women Luncheon Seminar Series, Cheever House, Wellesley College.

For more information, go to: http://www.wcwonline.org/content/blogcategory/241/100

MFA Director and poet Meg Kearney’s latest book, Home By Now, is available for preordering from Amazon and will be available in stores starting October 15. She will be reading at Food for Thought Books on Saturday, October 17 at 7 p.m., 106 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA.

For more information about this event or dates below, go to: www.megkearney.com

Fiction writer and Solstice MFA writer-in-residence Dennis Lehane will be appearing (along with Solstice favorites Andre Dubus III, Tom Perrotta and a host of other luminaries) at the Boston Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 24 in Copley Square, Boston.

For more information, go to: http://www.bostonbookfest.org/index.php

Young people’s writer Grace Lin will be reading from her new book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, on Saturday, October 17 at 1:30 p.m. at The Blue Bunny, 577 High Street, Dedham Square, Dedham MA, and on Sunday, October 18 at Belkin Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St. South, South Natick, MA.

For more information about this event or dates below, go to: http://www.gracelin.com

MFA Student Jasen Sousa reads with members of Books of Hope — a writing and performance program for youth ages 13–12 — on Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue in Somerville.

For more information, go to: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=SVILLE&ref=EK&refNote=TaF#10/15/2009

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Grace Lin will be reading on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Toad Stool Bookstore, Lorden Plaza, 586 Nashua St., Milford, NH.

NORTH CAROLINA

Grace Lin will be reading with a group of children’s writers on Saturday, October 10 from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. as part of the Novello Festival of Reading in Charlotte, NC.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Meg Kearney will be reading at the Columbia Museum of Art on Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m., located on the corner of Hampton & Main Street, Columbia, SC.

PUBLICATIONS

MFA student Hannah Goodman’s new young adult novel, Fear of Falling, is available at Amazon.com.

For more information, go to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/144015645X/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0595312659&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1PA84YG3NH5SKQQYHNB1

Multi-genre writer Laban Carrick Hill’s creative nonfiction piece "Rose" is currently online at Planetary Stories Project.

For more information, go to: http://www.blackearthinstitute.org/PS_Ghana.html

Dennis Lehane’s novel The Given Day is now available in paperback.

For more information, go to: http://www.dennislehanebooks.com/books/givenday/index.html

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

MFA graduate Danielle DeTiberus was recently hired to teach Freshman Composition and Literature at Trident Technical Community College in Charleston, NC.

MFA student Angela Foster will be teaching a class, Beginning Memoir: Finding the Story, at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN, on Saturday, December 12, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.loft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=262

Laban Carrick Hill will be a guest lecturer at a number of universities in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Bali, and has recently been granted a Fulbright to lecture on creative writing at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, beginning in January, 2010. He will be keeping a blog of his experiences at http://labanhill.blogspot.com

MFA graduate Erika Sanders will be teaching for the Afghan Women's Writing Project — an online project connecting women writers from the US with Afghan women writers — in January/February 2010. Student writings will be posted to the projects blog at http://awwproject.wordpress.com.

MFA Consulting Writer Jacqueline Woodson will be keynote speaker for the 10th annual “Books for the Beast’ Young Adult Literature Conference, Saturday, October 24 in Baltimore, MD. Jackie will also be presenting at the Michigan Council of Teachers of English Autumn Assembly 2009: Many Voices, Many Literacies, on Friday, October 30.

For more information, go to: http://www.prattlibrary.org/home/beastie.aspx and/or http://mienglishteacher.ning.com/page/conferences-1

OTHER NEWS

HCAM’s Poetry in Motion interview with poet Kathleen Aguero is now online at: http://www.hcam.tv/series/poetryinmotion/video.shtml.

MFA Assistant Director Tanya Whiton will be creating a performance/installation piece based on the U.S. military actions in Diego Garcia on Saturday, October 3 as part of Sacred & Profane, an annual arts event on Peaks Island, Maine.

CONNECTIONS

Grad Insider, an online forum for graduate students, invites currently matriculated students to contribute program reviews.

To write a review of the Solstice MFA Program (a good one, we hope!) go to:
http://gradinsider.com/programs/more/pine_manor_college_mfa_in_creative_writing

mfaconnect.com is an online magazine covering both writing programs and the craft of writing. A collective forum, mfaconnect.com invites students in MFA programs nationwide to join in by submitting information, posts, and articles.

For more information, email mfaconnect@aol.comor go to: www.mfaconnect.com

Three Candles Press announces its First Book Award for a volume of poetry, with a deadline of October 15, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.threecandlespress.com/FB2009.htm

Passager is in search of fiction and creative nonfiction by writers over 50 for its upcoming issue, with a deadline of October 15, 2009.

For more information, email: passager@saysomethingloudly.com

The Ledge Magazine announces its poetry chapbook competition, with a deadline of October 31, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.theledgemagazine.com/Annual%20Contests.html

A River & Sound Review announces its annual poetry contest, with a deadline of October 31, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.riverandsoundreview.org/contests/contests.htm

Persea Books announces the 2010 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, open to American women writers who have yet to publish a full-length collection. The deadline is November 2, 2009.

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

The Breakwater Review announces a call for submissions, with a deadline of November 15, 2009.

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

Lumina is accepting submissions for its spring 2010 publication, with a deadline of November 15, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://pages.slc.edu/~lumina/submissions/

The Tennessee Williams Festival announces its 2009 Tennessee Williams Fiction and One-Act Play Contests, with deadlines of November 16, 2009 for each.

For more information, go to: http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/index.php?topic=contests

Alimentum announces its annual 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council announces awards for fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, with online applications available December 1, 2009–January 25, 2010.

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

SCWBI announces a works-in-progress grant for a contemporary young adult novel or nonfiction research, in addition to the Barbara Karlin Grant for picture book writer. Each has a submission period from February 15–March 15, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/WIP-Grantand/or http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Barbara-Karlin-Grant

Suss: Another Literary Journal is looking for submissions to its Learning Annex column, a pedagogy column written by contributing educators.

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

Opium Magazine announces a call for submissions.

For more information, got to: www.OpiumMagazine.com

Perigree is accepting submissions for its 27th issue, due out January 15, 2010.

For more information, go to: www.perigee-art.com

ABOUT PINE MANOR COLLEGE

As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

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