July 2015 News

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The second Solstice MFA Anthology, Cantilever, edited by graduate Joyce McPherson and current student Jenn Strattman will be available at the summer 2015 residency, and can be ordered by sending $6 to: Joyce McPherson, 357 Magnolia Vale Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37419, or via Paypal at mcpclan@juno.com.

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program invites local writers to audit graduate-level Craft, Criticism, & Theory (two hour) courses and Elective Seminars (one hour) classes at its biannual residencies. The deadline for registering for our summer 2015 Residency, scheduled for July 10–19, has been extended to Friday, July 3, 2015. http://www.pmc.edu/class-audit-registration-form.



The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College announces its Solstice 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. Author’s books will be available for signing, and there is plenty of FREE parking!

· Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Iain Haley Pollock (Spit Back A Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); Renée Watson (This Side of Home; Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills); & Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade & Suitcase City).

· Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Program Director Meg Kearney (Home by Now & Trouper); Randall Horton (Pitch Dark Anarchy & Hook: A Memoir); & Anne-Marie Oomen (An American Map: Essays; & Love, Sex, & 4H).

· Sunday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Associate Director Tanya Whiton (Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine); Laura Williams McCaffrey (Water Shaper & the forthcoming Marked); & Cave Canem Partner Poet Douglas Brown (Zero to Three).

· Monday, July 13 from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.: Graduating Student Reading I

· Monday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.: Mike Steinberg (founding editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction; author of Still Pitching); Sandra Scofield (National Book Award Finalist for Beyond Deserving; author of seven novels, a memoir, and a craft book) & Laure-Anne Bosselaar (The Hour Between Dog and Wolf & A New Hunger).

· Tuesday, July 14 from 5:30 –6:45 p.m. Graduating Student Reading II

· Wednesday, July 15 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.: Graduating Student Reading III

· Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m.: David Yoo (The Detention Club & The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever); & special guest Toni Buzzeo (author of more than 21 picture books and 11 books for educators).

· Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Assistant Jessica Kennedy; special guest Karen Bender (A Town of Empty Rooms & Like Normal People) & Steve Huff (The Water We Came From & A Pig In Paris).

· Friday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Jo Solfrian (Visible Heavens, winner of the 2009 Wick Prize); special guest Eric Gansworth (author of ten books, including the young-adult novel If I Ever Get out of Here) & Jedediah Berry (The Manual of Detection and the forthcoming The Family Arcana: A Story in Cards).

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Thursday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Collected Poets Series at Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA.

Student Jonathan Todd will give a lecture about the progression of U.S. comics from “kids stuff” to the object of literary appreciation on Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at the Morse Institute Library in Natick, MA.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman will be reading on Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Art Market Provincetown Gallery in Provincetown, MA.


Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen will be on tour for her latest memoir, Love, Sex, & 4H, reading at the following venues:

· Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m., Suttons Bay Library, Suttons Bay, MI
· Tuesday, July 28 at noon, Leland Library, Leland, MI
· Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m., Glen Lake Community Library, Empire, MI
· Thursday, July 30 at noon, Horizon Bookstore, Traverse City, MI


Faculty member Kathi Aguero will be reading on Wednesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. at Caffe Lena, 47 Philadelphia St, Saratoga Springs, NY.


Graduate Melissa Ford Lucken (aka Isabelle Drake) will be reading on Saturday, July 26 at Farley's Bookshop in New Hope, PA.


Faculty member Jedediah Berry’s story “Recalled” appears this month in the anthologyGigantic Worlds: Science Flash Fiction.

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’ poem, “Season of Renewal,” has been accepted by The Good Men Project for publication.

Graduate Hannah Goodman was recently featured on Jane Friedman's blog 5On.

Faculty member Randall Horton’s flash fiction piece “Because Hook Doesn’t Exist,” is currently featured by the Guernica/PEN Flash Series.

Program Director Meg Kearney’s poem “Scarlet Tanager, 1893” is in the May/June issue of The Kenyon Review.

Graduate Susan Lemere’s essay, “The Birthing Plan,” has been accepted for an anthology about C-Section birth experiences, and her interview with Senior Assistant Editor April Bradley of Bartleby Snopes will be appearing in an upcoming issue of The Review Review.

Graduate Joyce McPherson recently published a children's biography, Springs of Hope: The Story of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Graduate Emily Van Duyne’s poem “Dreaming in Russian” is in a forthcoming issue of
The Prague Revue.


Graduate Danielle DeTiberus was recently hired as a Creative Writing Teacher at the Charleston County School of the Arts.

Kat Fitzpatrick will be teaching a community education course at Hudson Valley Community College this fall entitled Creating with Word, Image, and Playfulness.

Graduate Laura Jones was recently hired to teach first-year rhetoric and composition at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA.

Student Jonathan Todd is serving as the Graphic Novelist-in-Residence at two libraries in Massachusetts, and there will be simultaneous exhibits of his graphic novel-in-progress at the Bacon Free Library and Morse Institute Library through August 12, 2015.


Faculty member Laura Williams McCaffrey’s story “20’s Ruin,” published in CICADA in May/June 2014, received a letter of merit for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2015 Magazine Merit Competition.

Graduate Marilyn Marquez de Mercado was recently promoted to fiction and nonfiction editor of Common Ground Review.

Writer-in-Residence Michael Steinberg has been chosen as the creative nonfiction judge for the 2016 AWP Prize for Nonfiction (the AWP Award Series).