Thursday, September 1, 2011

SOLSTICE MFA in CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM of PINE MANOR COLLEGE




SOLSTICE MFA in CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM of PINE MANOR COLLEGE
ANNOUNCES ALUMNI READING



For Release: IMMEDIATELY
Contact: Tanya Whiton, Assistant Director
whitontanya@pmc.edu

[Chestnut Hill, MA, September, 2011] Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that Solstice MFA Program graduate and Alumni Coordinator Faye Snider will be facilitating a reading featuring fellow alums, Wednesday, September 14 from 7:15–8:45 p.m. at the Luckart Gallery, 438 Lexington Street, Auburndale, MA. Readers include nonfiction writer and poet Faye Snider, fiction writer Ann McArdle, nonfiction and YA writer Jim Kennedy, and poet Melissa Varnavas; the gallery is currently showing works by event co-coordinator Marcia Cooper and the painter Maria Aguilar.

• Retired family therapist and inveterate gardener Faye Snider (January, 2009) recently published a short memoir, “Goldie’s Gold,” in Alimentum: The Literature of Food. She will read from an essay entitled “Mother’s Tears.”

• Interior design writer and teacher Ann McArdle (July, 2010) recently published a short story, “Tomorrow” in the journal Pear Noir! She will read from her interconnected short fiction collection, Works of Mercy.

• Accountant and distance walker Jim Kennedy (July, 2011) has published fiction and memoir in Prism International and Creative Nonfiction; he will be reading from his recently completed young adult novel, Salamander in the Weeds.

• Journalist and poet Melissa J. Varnavas (January, 2010) is a recipient of awards from the New England Press Association and Suburban Newspapers of America, and her poetry has recently appeared in the journals Oberon and Margie.

• Landscape/portrait artist Marcia Cooper has shown her work at the Danforth Museum, Arnold Arboretum, and the Newton Art Association.

• Maria Aguilar, an acclaimed artist in her native Guatemala, interprets the impact of and tensions surrounding Mayan ancestry in Latin American culture.

ABOUT SOLSTICE & 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.

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at www.pmc.edu/mfa.
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The Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing
of Pine Manor College

400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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