Solstice MFA News




Two Post-Graduate Solstice Programs

Do you have an MFA in Creative Writing already?

 Further your study with the Solstice Post-Grad Semester Program, open to anyone with an MFA in Creative Writing!


Are you close to finishing a book-length manuscript, and in need of a bit more guidance? If you would like to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor for three or five packets, check out more information here:

Solstice also offers a Post-Grad Certificate Program! This program enables those already possessing an MFA degree to further their studies in a genre secondary to their MFA concentration. Adding a year of coursework and two residencies to the two years required for the MFA degree, the Certificate represents 22 credits and serves those writers who wish to master a second genre.

Over the years, many program alumni have said they’d like to continue on or come back for “another MFA” in order to focus on a different genre; our new certificate accommodates that desire. Having a certificate in a second genre also gives students who hope to teach creative writing at the college level a leg-up in the job market.

Go here for more information:

Contact Program Director Meg Kearney ( or Assistant Director Beth Little ( if you’d like to discuss these great options! NOTE: the deadline to apply for the Certificate Program is May 13 and for the Semester Program deadline is June 11. 




Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Collected Poets Series at Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA.

Dzvinia Orlowsky will also read on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. as part of “Memory Imaging (Immersive Poetry)” as part of Red Barn, 90 Prospect Street, Marshfield, MA. With Olena Jennings.

Dzvinia Orlowsky will also read on Saturday, May 18 at 12:30 as part of “Revival: A Monthly Literary Arts Spotlight” in partnership with the Springfield Library. Mason Square Branch, Community Room, 765 State Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. Curated by Solstice graduate María Luisa Arroyo.


Program Director Meg Kearney will read at Acworth Silsby Library on May 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at 5 Lynnhill Road, Acworth NH. She will read with Betsy Snider and Becky Sakellariou. There will be an hour for the reading and an hour for socializing.


Student Autumn Stephens will read on Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m. as part of the Mom Egg Review Launch Party and Reading at Poet's House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY.


Graduate and current student Lisa Allen’s essay “The Same” was published in Midway Journal's April 15th issue. Her poem “Notes For My Daughter as She Plans Her Most Recent Sexual Assault” was published in Lily Poetry Review's Winter 2019 issue.

Graduate Quintin Collins’ poems “Claim Ticket 60615: Obama's Tan Suit,” “Claim Ticket 1221: Samuel L. Jackson's ‘Motherfucker,’” and “Black History Year” have been accepted for publication with Homology Lit.

Student Rebecca Connors' poem "He Has a Hatchet" will be published in the May Issue of Glass Poetry Journal.

Student Rebecca Connors' first chapbook, Split Map, was the winner of the 2018 Dare to Speak chapbook competition, and will be released on May 1 by Minerva Rising Press. Available 5/1 -

Graduate Estela González's essay "Open Triangle" appears this month on the anthology Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility. Andrea Fekete & Lara Lillibridge, editors, with a foreword by Amy Hudock, PhD. Malvern, PA: Cynren Press, 2019.

Student Dustin Grinnell’s poem, “The Healing Book,” will be included in the Poetry Leaves exhibition from May 1-15. It will also be included in the Poetry Leaves bound volume.

Graduate Kemal Onor’s story, “Napping 101” has been accepted by Metafore Magazine for publication.

Graduate Faye Rapoport DesPres wrote a poem about Honey, the dolphin who was left alone in a shuttered aquarium in Japan, will be submitted (with a petition that has almost 25,000 signatures on it) to the Ministry of Education and the park's new owner, by a local group that is hoping they will free the dolphin. Read her poem here:

Student M. Earl Smith's book (co-written with Nayeli L. Riano) Postcard History: Elizabeth is scheduled for release on May 13 by Arcadia Publishing. He also has a short story titled "An Extra Ticket" which was recently published in Beneath the Rainbow, a print anthology by the literary website of the same name.

Graduate Lisa Sullivan’s haiku “anniversary visit” has been published in 50 Haikus,


Graduate Jenifer DeBellis will be a panelist on the Creative Prose panel, "Bonnie Jo Campbell's Midwestern Renegades," on Thursday, May 16, 2:15-3:45pm, at Kellogg Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, as part of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. She will be joined by fellow graduate Kim Suhr and Solstice faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen. 


Graduate Jonathan Todd ( is looking to schedule 2-hour, comics-making workshops at libraries, schools, after-school programs and camps for this summer and next school year. The workshops, which he has taught at Massachusetts libraries, schools, camps and after-school programs, can be tailored to children and teen students. Two different workshops—Introduction to Creating Graphic Novels and Revising Your Comics—serve up to 20 students and cost $300 (including supplies). To schedule a workshop, email Jonathan at

OTHER NEWS (Awards, etc.)

Graduate Heather Christie will direct and produce the national storytelling phenomena Listen To Your Mother Greater Berks show Saturday, May 11, 2019 in West Lawn, PA.

Faculty member Josh Neufeld launches a new podcast with Dean Haspiel focusing on the award-winning film American Splendor, about comic book writer Harvey Pekar. Read an article about it here:

Graduate Alejandro Ramirez was recently hired as associate editor of Nashville Scene, an alternative newspaper in Nashville, TN.


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.