April 2015 News

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The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program has opened its Post-Graduate Study Program to writers who have earned a Masters of Fine Art in writing. Solstice graduates and graduates of other accredited MFA Programs are invited to submit a manuscript, a synopsis (if applicable), and a proposal in which they outline their specific writing goals for Post-Graduate Study, and how they foresee a mentor helping them to attain these goals. For program details, go to: http://www.pmc.edu/post-graduate-opportunities



Student Jonathan Todd will be selling copies of his new mini-comic, Cecil Hall #1, Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland, ME


Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen will be reading/presenting her new book, Love, Sex and 4-H on the following dates:

Saturday, May 2 at 4 p.m., Schuler Books, Eastwood, MI

Sunday, May 3 from 1–3 p.m., Pages Bookstore, Detroit, MI

Monday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m., Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Wednesday, May 13 from 6:00–8:30 p.m., “On the Market: A Spring Celebration of the Made in Michigan Writers Series,” atTrinospheres, Detroit, MI

Saturday, May 23 from 1:00–3:00 p.m., at Cottage Bookstore, Glen Arbor, MI

Saturday, May 30 from 12:00–2:00 p.m. at Horizon Books, Traverse City, MI


Graduate Alison Stone will be reading on Wednesday, May 20 from 5:30–6:45 p.m. at The Mulberry St. Library, 10 Jersey St., NYC.


Anne-Marie Oomen will be reading on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m., at Joseph-Beth, Cincinnati, OH

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes will be reading as part of Women Speak, Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. atPVG Artisans, 13 W. Second Street, Chilicothe, OH.


Faculty member Kathi Aguero’s poem “Late Afternoon Gift” will be included in a Poems in the Waiting Room pamphlet.

Graduate Charles Boisseau’s personal narrative “Boy Wonder Fighting All Alone” will appear in the spring issue of Blue Mesa Review.

Graduate Lauren Chartier co-wrote and edited a picture book, Beee My Friend, now available on Amazon for Kindle.

Graduate Deborah Wood Holton recently read a flash fiction piece, “The Account of the Great Lady Aset, Lady of Life, Lady of Love, the Wise Healer, Mother-God of Heru, The Maker of Kings, Lady of the House of Fire, Lady of Words and Power, the Creatrix of the Nile Flood, Sister-Wife of the Lord of the Abyss, Lord of the Inundation, Lord Asar, God of Life and Death, on His day of Resurrection,” at a Spoken Word event. The piece will appear in the upcoming Solstice Anthology, Cantilever.

Graduate Melissa Ford Lucken (aka Isabelle Drake) has two forthcoming releases: Wicked Pink, from Ellora's Cave, May 6, and Risk It, from Totally Bound, May 15.

Graduate Debbie Merion’s story Dear Sapphire Cross was recently published by Barnes & Noble Review.

Graduate Beth Richard’s essay “Fight” was published in the spring issue of Fourth Genre.

Alison Stone’s poem “Acteon's Hounds” is in the current issue of Folio, and her poem “Sweets” is featured in Event.

Graduate John Theo, Jr.’s second novel, Cape Ann, is now available.


Student María Luisa Arroyo will facilitate a workshop entitled “Naming Your Roots: Seeds for Multilingual Multicultural Narrative Poems,” on Sunday, May 3 from 10:15–11:15 a.m. as part of the Mass Poetry Festival.

Graduate Donna Coffey was recently accepted to the Bread Loaf Orion Conference, where she will workshop her new manuscript, Etowah: A Memoir of Life in the Watershed.
Cathy Cultice-Lentes will be participating in a 6-week webinar, “Revising and Re-Imagining Your Picture Book,” taught by Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson.

Graduate Alison McLennan will be teaching a creative writing workshop in June for Mountain Art and Music in Eden, UT.

Debbie Merion participated in “Say It and Show it” for WXW (Women's Exchange of Washtenaw County). Related to this program are two blog postings: How to Write a Script for a One Minute Introductory Video and Two Reasons Explain Why Most People Write

Graduate Erika Sanders will be co-teaching a workshop titled: “The Heart of the Matter: Discover Your Story Through Writing, Movement and Meditation,” on Saturday May 16th.


Graduate Joe Gannon’s debut novel Night of the Jaguar was named one of the best debut mysteries in 2014 by the American Library Association (Booklist). The novel is also a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards, which will be announced at the ALA conference this June.

Graduate Jina Ortiz recently did a radio interview about the fiction collection All About Skin on

Student Alex Ramirez is now the online editor of Spare Change News. Founded by the Homeless Empowerment Project, the paper employs the local homeless as vendors, who get to keep the profits of the papers they sell.