2011 Lee Hope Fellowship Winner

Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Announces 2011 Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices Winner

photo by Larry Kuzniewski

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that fiction student Sheree Renée Thomas has been awarded the 2011 Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices. Ms. Thomas will be joining the MFA Program beginning with the summer 2011 residency.

The Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices is offered once annually to a promising writer of diverse background who starts the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program during the summer residency/fall semester. Fellowship recipients receive a $500 award toward their first semester’s tuition.

A founding supporter of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, Lee Hope Betcher serves on the Board of Directors of the Solstice Writers’ Institute, a nonprofit organization in the service of creative writers, and is Executive Editor of the organization’s literary magazine, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. The Institute is an informal “sister” organization to Pine Manor’s MFA Program.

Sheree Renée Thomas is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. A Cave Canem Fellow and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, her short stories, poetry, and articles have appeared in various publications, including Callaloo, Essence Magazine, VIBE, The Washington Post Book World, and African Voices —as well as in several anthologies, including Mojo: Conjure Stories, Hurricane Blues, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Southern Revival, and So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy. A mother of two daughters and a teaching artist, she is the editor of two anthologies (Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, winner of the 2001 and 2005 World Fantasy Award). Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems, is the first collection of her work.

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