Solstice Summer Reading Series & July News

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The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College announces its Summer Reading Series. Readings will be held in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, and are FREE and open to the public. All readings are at 7:30 p.m. unless *otherwise noted. Author’s books will be available for signing, and there is plenty of FREE parking!

Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.: David Yoo (The Detention Club & The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever); Laura Williams McCaffrey (Water Shaper & Alia Waking); & Jedediah Berry (The Manual of Detection).

Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Assistant Alexis D’Amboise; Associate Director Tanya Whiton; Iain Haley Pollock (Spit Back A Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); & Anne-Marie Oomen (Pulling Down the Barn & An American Map: Essays).

Sunday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.: Kashmira Sheth (Boys Without Names & Tiger in My Soup); Program Director Meg Kearney (Home By Now & Trouper); & Steve Huff (The Water We Came From & A Pig In Paris).

*Monday, July 14 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Graduating Student Reading I

Monday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.: Mike Steinberg (founding editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction; author of Still Pitching); Lee Hope (published in Witness & The North American Review, among other journals); & Laure-Anne Bosselaar (A New Hunger & The Hour Between Dog and Wolf).

*Wednesday, July 16 from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.: Graduating Student Reading II

Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.: Kekla Magoon (author of four YA novels, including The Rock and the River, winner of the ALA Coretta Scott King New Talent Award); Carlo Rotella (author of several books of nonfiction, including Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories); & Dzvinia Orlowsky (author of five poetry collections, including Silvertone).

Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Katey Schultz (Flashes of War, voted an IndieFab Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews); Sandra Scofield (National Book Award Finalist for Beyond Deserving; author of seven novels, a memoir, and a craft book); & Reginald Harris winner of the 2012 Cave Canem /Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography).

Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Miriam Glassman (author/illustrator of Call Me Oklahoma!, one of School Library Journal’s “100 Magnificent Books of 2013”); R. Dwayne Betts (A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison & Shahid Reads His Own Palm); & Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade & the forthcoming Suitcase City).

Faculty member Amy Hoffman will be reading on Wednesday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Art Market Provincetown Gallery, 148 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA.


Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will be reading with Richard Hoffman on Wednesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at Northshire Books, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.


Graduate Kerry Beckford has co-authored an inspirational memoir with Darwin Shaw titled Becoming Coach Shaw: How I Learned to Run My Own Race. The book will be self-published in summer 2014.

Student Jane Cawthorne’s essay, “Something As Big as a Mountain,” is available in audio format as part of Summer Shorts ’14, an audio collection of poetry, short stories and essays. The collection is a collaboration between Spoken Freely—a group of more than 40 professional narrators—Going Public,andTantor Media; all proceeds from sales of the collection will go toProLiteracy, a national literacy outreach and advocacy organization.

Student Jenifer DeBellis’ poem, “Answer the Door,” will be published in the fall/winter issue of The Aurorean.

Graduate William (Buffy) Hastings first memoir, The Hard Way, is now available from Tiger Bark Press.

Graduate Susan Lemere’s short story, “Incognito,” just won first place and publication in a contest by On the Premises magazine.

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes has recently had a poem accepted by Appalachian Heritage, and a previously published poem will be included in a “Best Of” issue of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel.

Student Jason Stock’s has published poetry in Black Scat Review, Bank Heavy Press, Cactus Heart, and Willard and Maple.

Graduate Alison Stone’s new poem series will appear under “Women’s Studies” on First of the Month.

Student Von Thompson’s poem, “Depression Story” will be published in the Spring/Summer issue of Common Ground Review.

Graduate Emily Van Duyne has two poems forthcoming in Contrary Magazine.

Graduate Cindy Zelman’s short story, “The Cross Dresser,” published in volume 17 of Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review, was selected as a “Best of Steam Ticket” selection and will be republished online.


Kerry Beckford has joined the full-time English department faculty at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

Graduate Beth Grosart has been appointed to the position of Associate Director of College Counseling at New

Hampton School.
Jason Stocks recently landed an internship at Elephant Rock Books.


Program Director Meg Kearney’s picture book Trouper has been selected as: an Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Book; a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People of 2014; one of the Diverse and Impressive Picture Books of 2013 by the International Reading Association; and one of the season’s best picture books by the Christian Science Monitor, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, and Bank Street College.