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Solstice MFA Newsletter May 2017

SOLSTICE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM FACULTY, STAFF, GRADUATE, & STUDENT NEWS FOR MAY 2017

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WRITERS: SO, YOU’VE EARNED YOUR MFA, BUT COULD USE A BIT MORE FEEDBACK ON YOUR WORK FROM A DEDICATED WRITER-MENTOR?

THE SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM PRESENTS ITS

POST-GRADUATE SEMESTER

(For alum of any MFA in Creative Writing Program)

Get that novel, collection of essays or stories, poetry manuscript, or picture book in shape & ready to send out! Genres covered include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for children & young adults and comics and graphic narratives. This is an incredible opportunity to have a mentor work with you on a new project or something you’re working to complete.

DEADLINE for Fall Post-Graduate Semester (starting in July 2017) is Monday, June 19

Visit http://www.pmc.edu/post-graduate-program-details for details.

COURSES FOR AUDIT at the SOLSTICE MFA in CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM

At the start of each semester, the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College hosts a 10-day residency on our campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. A select number of classes are open to serious writers who wish to audit graduate-level Craft, Criticism, & Theory (CC&T) courses and Elective Seminars (each class is two hours long).

The deadline for registering to audit classes during our summer 2017 residency, scheduled for July 7-16, 2017, is Friday, June 23, 2017.

Our classes for audit are listed here: http://www.pmc.edu/mfa-classes-for-audit

You can REGISTER here: http://www.pmc.edu/class-audit-registration-form

Here are some examples of our great offering for July 2017:

DATELINE ZANZIBAR: TRAVEL WRITING 101 in 2017 taught by Guest Faculty member Stephanie Elizondo Griest

GETTING WEIRD IN FICTION taught by Faculty member Jedediah Berry

POETRY COMICS taught by Guest Faculty member Bianca Stone

BREATHING LIFE INTO HISTORICAL FIGURES THROUGH PICTURE BOOKS taught by Guest faculty Jabari Asim

 

READINGS & EVENTS

MASSACHUSETTS:

Graduate María Luisa Arroyo will read an original commemorative poem on Sunday, May 14 as part of the 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremony at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman will be speaking about Bad Attitude: A Lesbian Sex Magazine at The History Project, 29 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA, from 6:00 - 8:00 on Thursday, May 4 as part of the project's Out of the Archives series. The event is free, but RSVPs are required, via Eventbrite. For more information, visit http://www.historyproject.org/fromthearchives.php

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Program Director Meg Kearney will give a reading at Water Street Books on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. For more information: http://www.waterstreetbooks.com/

NEW YORK:

Meg Kearney will also read and participate in a panel on writing for young people at the Millbrook Literary Festival on Saturday, May 20. For more information: https://millbrookliteraryfestival.org/

WISCONSIN: 

Graduate Kim Suhr will read her essay, "Earthy Crunchy Granola Head," in the Listen to Your Mother performance in Milwaukee, WI on May 7th.

CANADA:

Graduate Jane Cawthorne will be reading from Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction at Shelf Life Books in Calgary, Alberta Canada on May 25, 2017 at 7pm. 

PUBLICATIONS, RADIO, & BLOGS

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem “City Women” has been accepted by Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, to be published by Lost Horse Press in the fall of 2017.

Kathleen Aguero’s poem “Hard Work” has been accepted for publication in the 2018 Artists Datebook, published by Syracuse Cultural Workers.

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’ poem, “Harbinger,” has been accepted by Panoply, a Literary Zine for publication.

Graduate Estela González's story, “La Perla del Pacífico,” has been accepted by Connotation Press for publication. Estela’s Spanish-language story “Arribada” has been reprinted in Letralia: Tierra de letras. April 2017.

Graduate William Hastings' novel, The Howling Ages, will be published by The Concord Free Press in the fall of 2017.

Faculty member Steven Huff's new collection of stories It Just So Happened will be published by Cosmographia Books in September.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky’s new poetry collection, Bad Harvest, has been accepted by Carnegie Mellon University Press for publication in fall of 2018.

Graduate Alex Ramirez, editor-in-chief at Spare Change News invited fellow graduate Billy Still to share the stories from his time spent with asylum seekers crossing the southern US borders. Billy’s article, Room in the inn, can be seen on the Spare Change News website: http://sparechangenews.net/2017/04/room-inn-dispatch-arizona-center-asylum-seekers/

Graduate Lisa J. Sullivan’s poems, “350s” and “Aubade” have been accepted by Common Ground Review for publication.

TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will be a panelist on “Metaphor in Poetry: A Life Vest in a Time of Silence” on Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m., Hawthorne Hotel Library, Salem, MA as part of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. http://www.masspoetry.org/2017-massachusetts-poetry-festival/

Graduate María Luisa Arroyo will read and teach a poetry workshop, "Ripple Effects: Read to Write!" on Wednesday, May 24 as part of the Student Day of Poetry at the JFK Middle School in Northampton, MA.

María Luisa Arroyo will also facilitate two poetry workshops, "To Refract the Complexity of Our Lives, Write American Ghazals" and "Naming Our Roots: Seeds for Multicultural, Multilingual Poems" on Sunday, May 3 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the 2017 Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.

Graduate Estela González will participate in the Creating Home and a sense of belonging - a writer's discussion panel on Thursday, May 18th at at the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.

 OTHER NEWS (awards, etc.)

Student Eileen Cleary’s poem was chosen by the mayoral office for cultural affairs in Newton, and they will be painting her poem, "Catching Water" on the sidewalk at The Street in Chestnut Hill. Visit it this month!

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’ poem, “Hungry,” has been commissioned by Oakland University’s Bridging the Gaps: Guitars for Social Justice Project, which explores the relationship between the oratory and performing arts. A composer will write music to accompany the piece that will be performed in a one-hour program during the Fall 2017 term. 

Graduate Estela González will be a featured writer in the May 2017 issue of Connotation Press.

Knowing Knott: Essays on an American Poet, edited by faculty member Steven Huff, received a glowing review in Woven Tale Press, an online literary magazine. The anthology is a tribute to the poet Bill Knott and includes essays by Star Black, Stephen Dobyns, Jonathan Galassi, DeWitt Henry, Timothy Lieu, Tom Lux, and Michael Waters, among others.

Graduate Kimberly J. Kreines was the lead creative designer and world-builder for Magic: the Gathering’s recently released card set, Amonkhet.