The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program invites local writers to audit graduate-level creative writing courses during its winter residency, scheduled from January 3-12, 2014 on the Pine Manor College campus in Chestnut Hill, MA. Classes are open to serious writers working at all levels; the registration fee is $40 per course for the general public.
Solstice will be an official sponsor of the 2014 AWP Conference, to be held February 26-March 1, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center & Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Highlights include: panel presentations by graduates and faculty members (details to be included in February newsletter); a table in the Bookfair; a reception co-hosted with Writers in Paradise; and our first-ever Solstice Alumni Off-Site Reading, organized by members of The Solstice Alumni Association (SOLA).
READINGS & EVENTS
Faculty member Kathi Aguero will be reading as part of the series “Mr. Hip Presents,” Saturday, December 14, from 6–8:30 p.m. at UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA. She will also be reading as part of the First and Last Word Poetry Series on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Somerville Armory for the Arts, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA.
The Solstice MFA Program announces its Winter Reading Series, taking place January 3-10 in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. All readings are free and open to the public.
· Friday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Kashmira Sheth (author of numerous books for young people, including the recent Tiger in My Soup); fiction writer Robert Lopez (Asunder & Part of the World); & David Yoo (author of two young-adult novels, a middle grade novel, and the essay collection The Choke Artist).
· Saturday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Assistant Director Tanya Whiton; poet Kathleen Aguero (Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth and After That); & Randall Kenan (author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and The Fire This Time).
· Sunday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m.: Amy Hoffman (author of three memoirs, including Lies About My Family); writer-in-residence M. Evelina Galang (Her Wild American Self and Angel de La Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery); & special guest Mark Peter Hughes (author of the popular middle grade series Lemonade Mouth).
· Monday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Assistant Kassie Rubico; MFA Director Meg Kearney (author of two poetry collections, two novels-in-verse for teens, and a picture book, Trouper); Anne-Marie Oomen (poet and author of three essay collections, including An American Map); & Steven Huff (author of two poetry collections and the short fiction collection A Pig in Paris).
· Wednesday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Jeffrey Harrison (author of four poetry collections, including The Singing Underneath); Laura Williams McCaffrey (author of the speculative fiction/YA novels Alia Waking and Water Shaper); & poet Nicole Terez Dutton (If One Of Us Should Fall, winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize).
· Thursday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Dzvinia Orlowsky (author of five poetry collections, including Silvertone); Venise Berry (author of four novels, including the forthcoming Pockets of Sanity); & special guest Sarah Micklem (author of two speculative fiction novels, Firethorn and Wildfire).
· Friday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Jacqueline Davies (author of numerous books for young people); Sandra Scofield (National Book Award Finalist for Beyond Deserving; author of seven novels, a memoir, and a craft book); & Catherine McKinley (nonfiction author of Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World and The Book of Sarahs: A Family in Parts).
Graduate Michael Farrell will be giving a reading as part of an author’s night hosted by a No Frills Buffalo, Saturday, December 7 from 7–10 p.m. at the American Repertory Theater, 16 Linwood Ave., Buffalo.
Kathi Aguero’s poem “Them” will appear in the winter 2013 issue of Ibbetson Street.
Graduate Kerry Beckford’s essay, “Red and Green,” was recently published by Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.
Student Jenifer DeBellis narrative “Before You Can Change Your Mind” will be featured in the Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices spring 2014 issue.
Meg Kearney’s poems “Quail” and “Pondering Pheasant” appear in the winter issue of Prairie Schooner.
Faculty member Randall Kenan’s article about culinary historian Michael W. Twitty will appear in the next issue of Garden and Gun.
TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES
Graduate Susan Lemere is teaching a weekly Creative Writing group at the Franklin County House of Corrections in Greefield, MA.
Graduate Sabra Porter is now teaching Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, and Grammar to ESL students at Education First in Brighton, MA.
Graduate Alison McLennan’s novel Ophelia's War (now titled Jewels of Ruin) was a semi-finalist in the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for a novel-in-progress.