Solstice MFA Program Awards 2016 Fellowships for Writers


[Chestnut Hill, MA, October 2015] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its Dennis Lehane, Michael Steinberg, and Sharon Olds Fellowship winners for the 2016 winter/spring semester. Fellowship recipients each receive a $1,000 award toward their first semester’s tuition. For more information about
Solstice MFA Program Fellowships, go to:

Elizabeth Mercurio is a poet and teacher living in York, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. She received her degree in English from the University of South Florida. Her work has appeared in Third Point Press, Philadelphia Stories, The Yorkfest Anthology, The York Daily Record, and the blog Versify. She was recently selected for a Best of the Net nomination by Third Point Press.

F. Josephine Arrowood-Ross brings a wealth of hard-won life experiences to her writing: fiber artist, auto mechanic trainee, daycare provider, construction worker, waitress, house cleaner, soccer referee, public radio DJ, and Americorps worker. For the past 10 years, she has been a feature writer for the Glen Arbor Sun. She earned a BA in History, Social, and Cultural Studies from Vermont College in 2009. She writes from Leelanau County, Michigan, where she lives with her family.

Lisa Allen is a freelance writer and editor, a recovering paralegal, and proud mother of three extraordinarily ordinary kids. Her piece “Three Little Letters” (about her father) was published in the 2015 anthology Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now. She is currently turning a series of thank you notes penned to men she dated after divorce—and turning forty—into something more interesting than just a stack of thank you notes.

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.

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