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We are currently reviewing applications for the winter 2015 residency/spring semester, which kicks off with the winter 2015 residency, scheduled for January 2–11, 2015 on the Pine Manor College campus. *General application students accepted prior to November 14, 2014 (postmark deadline) may be offered a space in the winter 2015 residency/spring semester.
READINGS & EVENTS
Faculty member Amy Hoffman will be reading on Thursday, November 20 from 12:15–1:15 p.m. in the Wilde Auditorium at the University of Hartford, Hartford, CT.
Graduate Ann McArdle will be reading with Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellows/Finalists as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Reading Series, Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA.
Graduate Hannah Goodman will be signing copies of her books at the Association of Rhode Island Authors Book Expo, Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. –3 p.m. at the West Warwick Civic Center, 100 Factory St, West Warwick, RI.
Graduate Jina Ortiz will be giving a reading, “Miss Universe and other poems: A Presentation on Global Beauty,” Friday, November 11 from noon–1:15 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s College of Architecture & Design in Knoxville, TN.
PUBLICATIONS & BLOGS
Student María Luisa Arroyo’s poems, “Girlhood Flashbacks, 1976,” and “Because I Hate White Dolls, 1976,”will be published in the winter 2015, vol. 10 issue of The Más Tequila Review.
Faculty member Jedediah Berry’s story, “A Window or a Small Box,” was named a 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award notable story.
Graduate Melissa Ford Lucken (aka Isabelle Drake) has published her 46th erotic romance, Brigand Flames, with Ellora’s Cave.
Student Jason Stock’s work will be published in issue #6 of the Buffalo Almanack.
Graduate Alison Stone’s poem, “Reeva Steenkamp,” was recently published by First of the Month.
Graduate Richard Van Anderson’s first novel, The Organ Takers, will be published on November 17 by White Light Press.
TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES
Graduate Angela Foster taught a class on “Great Beginnings” at the 20th annual Women Writing the West Conference in Denver, Colorado, October 17, 2014. On December 14, 2014, she will be teaching a memoir class at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Program Director Meg Kearney will be doing a school visit on Friday, November 14 at the Horace Mann School, 231 W 246th St, New York, NY.
Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes will be participating in The Troublesome Creek Writers' Retreat at Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY, November 21-23.
Graduate Faye Rapoport-DesPres recently invited fellow alum Jim Kennedy to her Creative Nonfiction Writing Seminar at Lasell College, where he gave a reading and presentation from his pushcart-prize nominated essay “End of the Line.”
María Luisa Arroyo was recently named the first Poet Laureate of the City of Springfield (MA).
Meg Kearney’s book, Trouper, is a finalist for the Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Award, as is faculty member Kashmira Sheth’s picture book, Tiger in My Soup!
Graduate Kimberly Kreines has accepted a position as a Creative Designer on the Story Team for Magic at Wizards of the Coast. Her first Magic: The Gathering short story was recently published online: The Chensal Twins.