March 2015 News

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In honor of the distinguished essayist & poet Kurt Brown, Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown and Lee Hope, Editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, underwrite an annual fellowship of $1,000 to a writer in any genre. The Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices especially seeks to support individuals from cultural, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds who otherwise might not be adequately represented in the program. Solstice MFA Program applicants who want to be considered should submit a general application form no later than March 9, 2015. For more information, go to:

The Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction and the Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent are available for summer/fall 2015. These Fellowships provide $1,000 toward first-semester tuition for two students. Applicants who want to be considered for a genre-based fellowship should submit a general application form no later than March 9, 2015. For more information, go to:



Faculty member Laure-Anne Bosselaar will be leading a workshop, teaching a class, and giving a reading March 7–9 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA.


Student María Luisa Arroyo will be reading as part of the spring 2015 Author Series at Western New England University on Tuesday, March 3.

María Luisa Arroyo will be hosting “7 Minutes: A Literary Spotlight,” a monthly showcase of local and regional writers, on Saturday, March 28 from 1–3 p.m. in the Springfield City Library Community Room, 220 State St. Springfield, MA. The March event features Solstice graduates Cindy Zelman, Marilyn Marquez de Mercado, and Jina Ortiz.


María Luisa Arroyo’s poem, “man dast-haye shomara bus mikonam: I Kiss Your Hands,” was accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women.Her poem “Flight,” was published in Silkworm 7, The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society.

Student Jane Cawthorne’s play, The Abortion Monologues, was produced on February 28 and March 1 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Pink Panther Magazine, edited by graduate Jenifer DeBellis, will release Issue 22—featuring work by current and former students Kathleen McElroy, Cathy Cultice Lentes, Lisa Sullivan, and Ann Breidenbach— on Sunday, March 8.

Faculty member Steve Huff’s autobiographical essay “My Father's Ark” will be in an upcoming issue of the Gettysburg Review.

Graduate Kimberly Kreines is a content creator for the Web site, based on the game Magic: The Gathering. Her most recent piece was published February 5, and she will have another story published on Wednesday, March 4.

Graduate Alison McLennan’s manuscript, Ophelia’s War, was recently accepted by Five Star Publishing (Cenage/Gale).

Graduate Alison Stone’s poem, “Poem in Which,” was recently published in the “fathers” issue of San Pedro River Review.

Graduate Von Thompson’s poem, “Battle of Midway, photo 80-G-701843,” was recently published by The Good Men Project.


Jenifer DeBellis was recently approved to teach Composition 1 for Ferris State University in Dryden High School's College Readiness Program, and she will be giving a lecture, “Equipping Students to Join the Literary Conversation,” for the Meadow Brook Writing Project's Side-by-Side Symposium on Friday, March 14.

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes recently attended the mid-winter SCBWI Conference in NYC February 6-8.

Associate Director Tanya Whiton gave a talk on travel writing and her recent book, Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine, at Pine Manor College on Thursday, February 26.