Solstice MFA Winter Reading Series (Free)


[Chestnut Hill, MA, December 2018] The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College announces its Winter Reading Series. Readings are held in the Ferry Building’s Founder’s Room, PMC, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, and are FREE and open to the public. Author’s books will be available for signing, and there is plenty of FREE parking!

Friday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge & A Few Perfect Hours); Graduate Assistant Kassie Rubico; Venise Berry (Colored Sugar Water and Driven) & Laura Williams McCaffrey (Water Shaper, Alia Waking, & Marked)

Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m.: Assistant Director Beth Little (2016 winner of SCBWI Mag. Merit Honor); Steven Huff (author of A Fire in the Hill and Blissful & Other Stories); Nicole Terez Dutton (author of If One Of Us Should Fall, winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); & Anne-Marie Oomen (An American Map: Essays; Love, Sex, & 4H)

Sunday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Program Director Meg Kearney (When You Never Said Goodbye & Home By Now); Amy Hoffman (author of three memoirs and the novel The Off Season); & special guest Hank Phillipi Ryan (bestselling author of 10 mysteries)

Monday, January 7 from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.: Graduating student readings: Ieshia Karasik, Claire McCabe, Kody Martin, & Sarah Walker

Monday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Brendan Kiely (author of Tradition and co-author of All American Boys); special guest Wendy Mnookin (author of Dinner with Emerson); & Sandra Scofield (author of Swim: Stories of the Sixties & The Last Draft: A Novelist’s Guide to Revision)

Tuesday, January 8 from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.: Graduating student readings: Eileen Cleary, Colleen Hennigan, & Daniel Summerhill

Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.: special guest John Florio (author of One Nation Under Baseball: How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime); special guest Lee Hope (author of Horsefever) & special guest Alex Meyers (author of Revolutionary)

Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.: special guest Angela Dominguez (author and illustrator of several books for children including Maria Had a Little Llama); special guest Marika McCoola (illustrator and author of Baba Yaga's Assistant); Kathleen Aguero (author of five poetry collections, including After That); & David Yoo (author of The Detention Club & The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever)

Friday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Robert Lopez (author of three novels and three storcollections, including Good People); special guest Sheela Chari (author of Finding Mighty); & Dzvinia Orlowsky (author of a new collection of poetry, Bad Harvest)

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As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.