November 2016 news

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Upcoming: WRITERS HELPING WRITERS – Solstice MFA Program’s Scholarship Fundraiser – begins on November 14, 2016 and runs through December 16, 2016. Tax-deductible donations, signed book and critique perks, even a lunch with National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson will be up for grabs. Keep an eye on the Solstice MFA Facebook page for more information: or email Assistant Director Beth Grosart Little with questions or inquiries –



Program Director Meg Kearney will read as part of the Jerome Stern Distinguished Writers Series, curated by Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program in Tallahassee, on Tuesday, November 15, 8 p.m. at The Warehouse, 706 W. Gaines Street. For more info, visit


Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read (with others) on Sunday, November 13, as part of the Solstice Lit Annual Fundraiser Party, 5-7 PM, High Tech Lobby & Bar, Chestnut Hill Showcase Superluxe Movie Theatre, 55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill. Gourmet complimentary appetizers and cash bar, live jazz trio. Donations optional. All are welcome. Please RSVP to


Graduate Jenifer DeBellis will read on Thursday, November 3 at 2 p.m. (Center Campus) and 6 p.m. (South Campus) as part of POETRYPALOOZA! at Macomb Community College, Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp., MI and South Campus, 14500 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI.


Faculty member Iain Haley Pollock will be reading at Poets House, 10 River Terrace 
New York, 
NY, on November 3, 7-8:30 p.m. in conjunction with Poets House photography exhibit, American Stanzas 2006-2016, by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths.


Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes will read on November 18, 2016 at 6:00 as part of the Women of Appalachia/Women Speak series at Arts West, 32 West State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701.


Faculty member Sandra Scofield will be in Lubbock, Texas on November 9 to speak at a fundraising banquet in honor of her publisher, Texas Tech University Press. Her talk is titled “What You Hold, What You Let Go: The Dance of Memory and Narrative,” about writing family stories. Sandra has contributed forewords and essays to several TTU press collections, and her own book, Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman’s Life, was published last fall.


Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem, “Larkspur Lane,” appears in the recent anthology from Silver Birch Press, Nancy Drew Anthology: Writing and Art Featuring Everybody’s Favorite Female Sleuth.

Graduate James Anderson's novel The Never-Open Desert Diner will be released nationally in paperback on November 10th by Broadway Books, New York.

Graduate Heather Christie's essays, “Do You Want To Know What It's Like To Be Married To A Professional Athlete” and "Want to Know What It's Really Like To Have A Doctor For A Dad," have been accepted by The Good Men Project for publication.

Meg Kearney’s poem “Grackle” appears in the fall issue of the Massachusetts Review. Also, her piece of writerly advice, “Brush Up on those Formal Tools,” is included in The Crafty Poet II, edited by Diane Lockward and just out from Terrapin Press.

Cathy Cultice Lentes’ poem "The Fox," was published in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Volume 19: Appalachia Under Thirty.

Graduate Danielle DeTiberus' poem "Desperately Seeking" was accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of Connotation Press: An Online Artifact (

Faculty member Josh Neufeld’s comics story, “Costumed Chaos in Times Square,” has been published on The Nib.


Kathleen Aguero will conduct a Creative Writing for Caregivers Workshop at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on November 16.

Faculty member Josh Neufeld will be presenting his work and discussing it on Saturday, November 13, 2016, at the Jewish Comic-Con, Congregation Kol Israel, 603 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213.

Josh Neufeld was recently hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the MFA English Dept. for Spring 2017 at CUNY Queens College in Flushing, New York. In addition, he has been teaching since September 2016 in the Illustration/Cartooning Dept. at the School of Visual Arts, New York City.