April 2015 News

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Program Director Meg Kearney will be one of several poets reading at the New Hampshire State Library on Saturday, April 4, as part of a “poetry gala” taking place from 1 to 4 p.m., 20 Park Street, Concord, NH.

Faculty member Kathi Aguero will be reading on Saturday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the Commonwealth Room of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA.


Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen celebrates the official launch of her third memoir, Love, Sex, & 4H on Saturday, April 18 at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral Barn, Historic Barns Park, Traverse City, MI.


Solstice will be an official sponsor of the2015 AWP Conference, to be held April 9–11, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and Hilton Minneapolis Hotel. Highlights include: panel presentations by faculty and staff members, detailed below; a table in the Bookfair (come visit us, we’ll be at table #918!); a reception for Solstice community members and friends; and a Solstice Alumni Off-Site Reading, organized by members of SOLA. *Off-site event.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief of the Women’s Review of Books, will be at table #418 in the Bookfair representing WRB.

Thursday, April 9:

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Room L100 J, Lower Level R158. Writer-in-residence Michael Steinberg will participate in a panel, “Confronting Our Fears: Turning Adversity into Art.”

Noon–1:15 p.m.: Room L100 H&I, Lower Level. Solstice writer-in-residence Michael Steinberg will participate in a panel discussion, “Fashioning a Text: Discovering Form and Shape in Literary Nonfiction.”

4:30–5:45 p.m.: Room L100 D&E, Lower Level. Anne-Marie Oomen will participate in a panel discussion, “God Made Flyover States: Writing the Rural Midwest.”

6:00–7:15 p.m.: Room 200 H&I, Level 2. Anne-Marie Oomen will moderate the K-12 Educator Caucus.

6:30– 8:00 p.m.: Room 209 A&B, Level 2. Anne-Marie Oomen will join other Michigan authors to celebrate the release of new books in the Made in Michigan Writers Series, sponsored by Wayne State University Press.

*5–7 p.m.: Solstice Alumni Off-Site Reading at Gluek's Bar & Restaurant,16 N 6th Street, Minneapolis, featuring: Kassie Rubico, Erika Sanders, Peggy Sue Dunigan, Debbie Merion, Joanne Carota, Beth Richards, Von Thompson, Ann Breidenbach, Annette Marquis, Angela Foster, & Mike Miner.

Friday, April 10:

1:30–2:45 p.m.: Room 208 A&B, Level 2. Faculty member Renée Watson will participate in a panel, “The Creative Writer as an Agent of Change.”

6:30–8:00 p.m.: Room 203 A, Level 2. Solstice MFA Program reception!

Saturday, April 11:

3:00–4:15 p.m.: Associate Director Tanya Whiton will moderate a panel, “Substance as Style: What Noir Writing Can Teach Us about Literary Form,” featuring authors Jeffery Hess, Eric May, Sarah Cortez, and Solstice graduate Mike Miner.


Alison Stone will be reading on Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Piermont Library, 25 Flywheel Park W., Piermont, NY.


Graduate Cathy Lentes will be reading on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers; on Friday, April 10, at 6 p.m as part of the Women of Appalachia/Women Speak Program; and on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Dayton Public Library.


Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will be reading on Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. for The Poetry Society of South Carolina at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston, SC.


Kathi Aguero published a poem in the anthology, EAT/ATE, published by Le Petit Press.

Following a successful crowd-funding campaign, faculty member Jedediah Berry’s story in cards, “The Family Arcana,” will be published in September by Ninepin Press, a new independent publisher for which he serves as co-editor.

Faculty member Venise Berry is co-author of the forthcoming Historical Dictionaryof African American Cinema. (Scarecrow Press)

Graduate Ann Breidenbach’s essay, “Mothering You, My Son— in Six Chapters,” will be included in the anthology, Listen to Your Mother; What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now.
Cathy Lentes poem “Black Dog” appears in the winter 2015 issue of Appalachian Heritage.

Graduate Kassie Rubico’s essay “Opposing Truths” will be published in Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal.

Faculty member Sandra Scofield’s essay “My Grandmother’s Larder” has been published in
Southern Women’s Review.

Alison Stone has published new poems in Forge and First of the Month.

Renée Watson’s debut YA novel, This Side of Home, was recently published by Bloomsbury.


Student Maria Luisa Arroyo will be facilitating a series of workshops and events in her role as Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA, including:

· “Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry in Response to Art,” Saturday, April 4 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Mason Square Library, 765 State St.
· “The ABCs of Publishing Poetry,” Saturday, April 12 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Springfield City Library-Central Branch, 220 State St.
· “Sip & Savor, Rhythm & Rhymes,” Friday, April 17 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. in the Rotunda, Springfield City Library-Central Branch, 220 State St.
· “7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight,” Saturday, April 25 from 1–3 p.m. in the Community Room, Springfield City Library-Central Branch, 220 State St.

Cathy Lentes will co-present two poetry workshops for children at the Athens Public Library on April 22 and April 29.


Graduate Rick Carr’s podcasts, “Ice and The Face,” a brutal comedy show, and “Life with Lyme,” all about Chronic Lyme Disease, have been sponsored by Audible.com.

Graduate Joe Gannon’s debut novel, Night of the Jaguar, was named one of the Top 10 Crime Fiction Debuts of 2014 by The American Library Association’s Booklist magazine.

Graduate Kimberly Mitchell will be reading a short essay called “There Goes Your Boyfriend,” Thursday, May 7 for the live “Listen To Your Mother” show broadcast in Little Rock, AK.

Graduate Faye Rapoport-DesPres was recently asked to contribute a video clip featuring lines from the work of poet Kate Braverman to Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.

Student Lisa Sullivan was one of 24 poets who participated in Visual Inverse (featured in The Boston Globe on February 22, 2015), an ekphrastic show that ran at the Plymouth Art Guild in March.