MFA Announces Summer 2011 Writers in Residence & Guest Speakers

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce the special guests and writers-in-residence to be featured at its Summer Reading Series.

All events will be held at 7:30 p.m. in PMC’s Founder’s Room, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill and are free and open to the public.

A former staff writer for HBO’s The Wire, Dennis Lehane is author of nine novels, including Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone, Baby, Gone—each of which has been made into a feature film—and the recent releases The Given Day and Moonlight Mile. He will read on Saturday, July 9.

Three-time Newbery Honor winner Jacqueline Woodson is author of numerous books for children and young adults, including Miracle’s Boys; winner of the Coretta Scott King Award; and Locomotion, winner of the Horn Book Award. Jacqueline Woodson will read on Sunday, July 10.

Michael Steinberg is a memoirist, essayist, and founding editor of the literary journal, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. His memoir Still Pitching was named the 2003 Independent Press memoir of the year. Michael Steinberg will read on Sunday, July 10.

Jeffery Harrison is the author of four poetry collections, including The Singing Underneath, selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, and, most recently, Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008. Jeffery Harrison will read on Tuesday, July 12.

Novelist, playwright, and poet Tad Richards has published 17 novels and five collections of poetry. He has written screenplays for three feature films, and his recent novel, Nick & Jake, has been made into an audio drama starring Alan Arkin, Tom Conti, and Ali McGraw. Tad Richards will read on Thursday, July 14.

Cave Canem Partner Poet Iain Haley Pollock is the author of the forthcoming Spit Back a Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Prize. His work has appeared in several literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Callaloo. He will read on Thursday, July 14.

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