Tuesday, February 2, 2010



Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Contact: Tanya Whiton
For Release: Tuesday, February 2, 2010


The application deadline for the fall 2010 semester of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is May 10, 2010 (not a postmark date; materials must be received by our offices before or on May 10).

The fall 2010 semester begins with our summer residency, July 9 through July 18.

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

We are pleased to announce four new $1,000 fellowships for first-semester students beginning with the winter residency/spring semester of 2011: The Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction; the Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction; the Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent; and the Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry.

Beginning with the March, 2010 edition, the Solstice MFA Program e-Newsletter will be adding the following features: a “blog of the month,” highlighting general interest blogs for writers, MFA students, and/or genre-specific offerings; a short guest column by a Solstice graduate; and a writing exercise submitted by one of our faculty members or alumni.



MFA Director and poet Meg Kearney will be reading on on Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m. for The Collected Poets Series, held at Mocha Maya's, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA; on Sunday, February 7 at 3 p.m. at the Concord Poetry Center, Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord, MA, and on Saturday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Brockton Library Poetry Series, 304 Main Street, Brockton, MA.

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

Poet Dzvinia Orlowsky will be reading on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. as part of The Laureate Series in the Curley Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square (Congress Street entrance), Boston, MA.

For more information, go to: http://www.cityofboston.gov/arts/poet_laureate.asp

Poet Kathleen Aguero will be reading on Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m. at the West Falmouth Public Library, 575 West Falmouth Highway (Route 28A), West Falmouth, MA.

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


Meg Kearney will be reading on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Hyla Brook Reading Series (affiliated with The Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH) at the BeanTowne Coffee House and Café, 201 Rte 111, Hampstead, NH.

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


Poet and fiction writer Steve Huff will read with Ralph Black on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Genesee Reading Series at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY.

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


MFA graduate Faye Rapoport DesPres’ interview with MFA writer-in-residence Michael Steinberg has been accepted for publication by the Writer’s Chronicle.

Multi-genre writer Laban Carrick Hill’s book, America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60s, has recently been released in paperback.

For more information, go to: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/kids_index.aspx

MFA writer-in-residence Dennis Lehane's novel Shutter Island has been adapted as a graphic novel by artist Christian De Metter, and the film version — directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kinglsey — will be in theaters this month.

For more information, go to: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061968570/Shutter_Island_Graphic_Novel/index.aspx; to see a trailer of the movie, go to: http://www.shutterisland.com/

MFA student Melissa Ford Lucken’s presentation "Fiction as a Springboard for Critical Thinking and Expository Writing" has been accepted for the LAND (Liberal Arts Network for Development) Conference in Port Huron, Michigan, scheduled for February 17-19, 2010.

Multi-genre writer Anne-Marie Oomen’s essay collection, An American Map, is forthcoming from Wayne State University press in April, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/1027/American-Map

MFA student Jina Ortiz’ poem “Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Barbados” will be included in Volume IV of Drash: Northwest Mosaic.

For more information, go to: http://www.templebetham.org/music/drash/


Young adult and children’s writer Grace Lin joins Elise Broach, Lita Judge, and Sara Pennypacker to presenet at Overcoming Challenges: A Program for Authors and Illustrators, Saturday, March 13 from 10:00–3:30 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA

For more information, go to www.nescbwi.org

MFA student Angela Foster will be teaching a series of beginning memoir workshops in March and April as part of Kitchigami Writes! (offered through the Kitchigami Regional Library system in northern Minnesota).

Meg Kearney and MFA Assistant Director Tanya Whiton will be at the 2010 Associated Writing Programs Conference in Denver, Colorado, from April 7–10 at the Colorado Convention Center. The Solstice MFA Program table will be located in the Bookfair, Exhibit Hall A, table F19. Stop by for a visit!

MFA graduate Sara Cameron’s paper, "Exploding Reality: Exploring the Use of First Person Present Tense in Narrative," has been accepted into the 2010 AWP Pedagogy Forum — date and time TBA.

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


Memoir (And) announces its annual contest, with a deadline of February 15, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://memoirjournal.squarespace.com/contest/

Memoirs Ink announces its biannual contest, with a deadline of February 15, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://memoirsink.blogspot.com/2009/12/memoirs-inks-half-yearly-writing.html

RADAR Productions announces its first annual Eli Coppola Memorial Poetry Chapbook Contest. The deadline is February 15, 2010.

For more information, go to: info@radarproductions.org

The Vermont Studio Center announces a full fellowship/residency contest with a deadline of February 15, 2010.

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

Omnidawn announces its annual Poetry Chapbook Competition, with a deadline of February 28, 2010.

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

CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women announces the ninth annual 2010 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, with submission dates beginning March 1 and ending May 31, 2010.

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

The Norman Mailer Writers Colony invites writers to apply for residencies and workshop scholarships, with a deadline of March 13, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://www.nmwcolony.org/curriculumPrograms/overview

Prairie Schooner announces its Book Prize contest, with a deadline of March 15, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu

Four Way Books announces the 2010 Intro Prize in Poetry with a deadline of March 31, 2010.

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

The ING Unsung Heroes Project announces grants for educators, with a deadline of April 30, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://www.ing-usa.com/us/aboutING/CorporateCitizenship/Education/INGUnsungHeroes/index.htm

Academic Careers Online is a resource for MFA graduates in search of employment; there is no charge for their services.

For more information, go to: www.academiccareers-job.com

Children’s Book Press is currently seeking manuscripts that reflect the diversity and experiences of minority and/or new immigrant communities in the United States.

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

ForeWord Magazine is seeking qualified book reviewers for its fee-for-review service.

Book critics, librarians, booksellers, teachers, and professors, send credentials to: whitney@forewordreviews.com

H.O.W (Helping Orphans Worldwide) Journal is currently seeking submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.

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

The Normal School Literary Magazine is now accepting submissions.

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

Writer & teacher Patricia Henley (a 2007 Solstice Conference faculty member) invites writers interested in reviewing books by women authors to submit short reviews to her blog.

To send a query, go to: http://womenwritersgettogether.squarespace.com/.

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.

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.

For more information, visit www.pmc.edu/mfa

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