MFA Faculty and Students Reach Out

Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Faculty and Students Engage in Community Building and Social Outreach Projects

Pine Manor College is pleased to announce a series of special projects undertaken by Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program faculty and students. These projects are designed to create opportunities for writers and students of diverse backgrounds, and in so doing further the college’s mission of community building and social outreach.

Laban Carrick HillFollowing his fall 2008 semester as Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, MFA faculty member Laban Carrick Hill co-founded the Ghana Poetry Project —an international literary organization based in Ghana and the United States— with fellow professor Martin Egblewogbe. A charitable organization dedicated to helping Ghanaian writers explore and affirm their identity and culture, the Ghana Poetry Project advances the notion that a free exchange of ideas is essential to the health and prosperity of any community.
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Kathi AgueroMFA faculty member Kathleen Aguero is currently working with Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program for criminal offenders. Based on the belief that literature has the power to help marginalized people connect with characters and ideas, find their voices, and examine their own behavior, Changing Lives Through Literature brings facilitators, probation officers, offenders, and often judges together to participate in a democratic conversation centered around shared readings. These readings then serve as inspiration for new writing; instructors lead groups of parolees in writing workshops for between 6–12 weeks.
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Grace LinMFA Faculty member Grace Lin (a writer and illustrator of children’s books) will be auctioning off one original, unpublished illustration per month throughout 2009, with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation of Children's Books. A small non-profit organization in Boston, the Foundation of Children’s Books makes a difference in the lives of young readers by bringing children's book authors and illustrators into under-served local schools for visits and residencies.
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Angela FosterInspired by a sign in her community proclaiming “Pine City Reads” —part of an advertisement for an annual Pine City, Minnesota book reading and discussion forum— MFA student Angela Foster decided to launch Pine City Writes. A free to no-cost continuing education option for writers who otherwise might not be able to attend classes, Pine City Reads is funded by a grant from the East Central Arts Council, and each participant will receive a copy of Lisa Dale Norton’s craft book Shimmering Images, A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir.
For more information, contact: Pine City Community Education, 320-629-7331