Solstice MFA Newsletter




Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program accepts applications until, October 23: 

The program is accepting applications for students wishing to start their MFA this winter. We offer study in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, and comics and graphic narratives.

Solstice faculty and alum will attend the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo:

October 21-22, Cambridge, MA. The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is a free weekend event showcasing the best in new and local comics. MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics. Solstice faculty members Josh Neufeld and Laura Williams McCaffrey will attend and be promoting our program with alum Jonathan Todd at the Exhibition Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA (C109).



Faculty member, Kathleen Aguero, will read on Tuesday, October 3 at 5 the Mass Poetry Unplugged Reading Series, at the Prudential Center, Boylston Plaza, 800 Boylston St. by the Tesla entrance, Boston, MA. (This reading was postponed from Sept 19).

Kathleen Aguero will also read on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. for Voices of Poetry at the Wellfleet Public Library, 55 West Main St., Wellfleet, MA.

Kathleen Aguero will read on Saturday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m. as part of a group reading for the Arlington Center for the Arts at the Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA.

Faculty member Nicole Terez Dutton will read on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Room 56-154Access via 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman will read from her new novel, The Off Season, on Saturday, October 14, at 3:30 p.m., at the Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. For more information, call 508-487-7094.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman will read from her new novel, The Off Season, on Friday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138. For more information, visit


Graduate Jenifer DeBellis will read on Saturday, October 21 at 3 p.m. as part of the East Side Reading Series at Coffee & (__), 14406 E Jefferson, Detroit, MI.


Faculty member Sandra Scofield read from her book, Swim: Stories of the Sixties, on Wednesday, September 20, at a Portland, Oregon event sponsored by Mountain Writers Group.


Faculty member Amy Hoffman will read from her new novel, The Off Season, on Sunday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002. For more information, visit


Graduate James Anderson's second novel, Lullaby Road, will be released in hardcover by Crown/Penguin Random House on January 16, 2018.

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis recently published Pink Panther Magazine, Volume 8, Number 2, the first issue with its new editorial board consisting of graduates Andrea Davies as Creative Nonfiction and Art Editor, Jennifer Gentile as Fiction Editor, and Lisa J. Sullivan as Poetry and Art Editor.

Graduate Danielle DeTiberus’ poems “Codex,” "Relic," Water Worth Crossing," "Hush Harbor" and "Sieve" will appear in the Winter 2017 issue of The Missouri Review (

Graduate Garvan Giltinan’s story, "The Res-erection of Ham Hock," found a home in an anthology called Rejected for Content: Workplace Relations from J. Ellington Ashton Press.

Graduate Hannah Goodman’s essay “The Big Scare” has been accepted by OC87 Recovery Diaries for publication on October 25, 2017.

Faculty member Josh Neufeld has a new comics journalism piece in the fall issue of Columbia Journalism Review, part of a special issue devoted to the Trump presidency and the media.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky’s piece “No Coming Back” has been accepted by the New Flash Fiction Review for their fall 2017 issue.

Faculty member Renée Watson signed a 5-book contract with Bloomsbury for two young adult novels and three middle grade novels. The first of the forthcoming books will be published in January 2019.

Student Andy Smart’s essay "Trauma, On Repeat" will be included in an anthology from Kelson Books (October 26), titled Come Shining: Poems and Essays on Writing in a Dark Time.

Graduate Lisa Sullivan’s poem, “My father drew maps,” has been published as a “Poem of the Moment” by MassPoetry and will appear on their website and in their newsletter.

Lisa Sullivan’s poem, “Northern Lights,” has been accepted by Avalon Literary Review for publication in their Winter 2018 edition.


Faculty member Kathi Aguero will lead a workshop for the Pine Manor College Teaching and Learning Council on October 6. The workshop is called “First-Generation Students: Classroom and out-of-the-classroom strategies to promote student success”.

Faculty member Nicole Terez Dutton will be participating in the James River Writers Conference the on Octoberpl[; 14-15 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA.

Faculty members Josh Neufeld and Laura Williams McCaffrey, as well as MFA graduate Jonathan Todd, will be attending the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), held at Boston;s Lesley University on October 21-22 .

Faculty member Josh Neufeld will be a guest at Amadora BD (Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada) in Portugal, to be held in late October-early November.

Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen will be a featured author at Lost Lake Writers Retreat, sponsored by Springfed Arts Inspiration Alcona, Alcona, MI, October 5-8. For more information, check the website:

Graduate Beth Richards is teaching a course on academic writing to the new 2017 student cohort at Cheshire Correctional Institution, in Cheshire, Connecticut. The course is offered as part of Wesleyan University’s Center for Prison Education. Four of the students Beth first taught in 2009 received their associate’s degree in liberal studies in June.

Faculty member Sandra Scofield presented a workshop, “Aboutness,” for the Montana Book Festival in Missoula on September 27. The workshop is drawn from her forthcoming (December) craft book, The Last Draft.

OTHER NEWS (awards, etc.)

Graduate Carol Owens Campbell's debut novel, September Fourteenth, won the 2nd Place Prize in the 2017 William Faulkner Literary Competition (Novel Category) presented to her during the annual William Faulkner Literary Luncheon in New Albany, Mississippi, Faulkner's birthplace.

Graduate Angela Foster received a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board grant, an Excellence in Teaching Fellowship from the Loft Literary Center and the Madeline Island School of the Arts, and a fall writing residency from the New York Mills Cultural Center in New York Mills, MN.