December 2014 News

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READINGS & EVENTS

MASSACHUSETTS

Associate Director Tanya Whiton will be celebrating the launch of Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine with co-author and photographer Heidi Killion, Tuesday, December 2 at 5 p.m. at Pine Manor College’s Founder’s Room, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will be reading for Del Rossi's Poetry in Translation Series on Wednesday, December 7 at 3 p.m., 73 Brush Brook Rd (Rt 137), Dublin, NH. For further information please call (603) 563-7195.

The Solstice MFA Program announces its Winter Reading Series, taking place January 2-9 in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. Author’s books will be available for sale; all readings are free and open to the public. Plenty of free parking!

· Friday, January 2 at 7:30 p.m.: Anne-Marie Oomen (author of four essay collections, including the forthcoming Love, Sex, and 4H); Kashmira Sheth (author of numerous books for young people, including the recent Tiger in My Soup); & Randall Kenan (author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and The Fire This Time).

· Saturday, January 3 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); Venise Berry (author of four novels, including the forthcoming Pockets of Sanity); & David Yoo (author of two young adult novels, a middle grade novel, and the essay collection The Choke Artist).

· Sunday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Amy Hoffman (author of three memoirs, including Lies About My Family); special guest Suzanne Cope (author of Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits, and the Return of Artisanal Food); & Sandra Scofield (National Book Award Finalist for Beyond Deserving; author of seven novels, a memoir, and a craft book).

· Monday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m.: Associate Director Tanya Whiton (co-author of Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine); poet Kathleen Aguero (author of five poetry collections, including the recent After That); & Dzvinia Orlowsky (author of five poetry collections, including Silvertone).

· Wednesday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Zetta Elliott (author of numerous books for young people, including the recent The Deep); fiction writer Robert Lopez (author of two novels and the short story collection Asunder); & Laura Williams McCaffrey (author of the speculative fiction/YA novels Alia Waking and Water Shaper).

· Thursday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Poet Nicole Terez Dutton (author of If One of Us Should Fall, winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); Jedediah Berry (author of The Manual of Detection); and special guest Sean Thomas Dougherty (author of 13 collections of poetry, including All You Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994-2014).

· Friday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Grace Lin (author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels including Starry River of the Sky); Helen Elaine Lee (author of The Serpent’s Gift and Water Marked), & Steven Huff (author of two poetry collections and the short fiction collection A Pig in Paris)

PUBLICATIONS & BLOGS

Student María Luisa Arroyo’s poem,“Soldier You, Exile You,” will be published in the January 2015 issue of Women Arts Quarterly Journal.

Graduate Danielle DeTiberus was recently featured in an interview: http://geosireads.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/interview-with-award-winning-poet-danielle-detiberus/

Graduate Melissa Ford Lucken (aka Isabelle Drake) will be publishing a mainstream romance titled Unfinished Business through Totally Bound Publishing.

Graduate Faye Rapoport-DesPres will be a featured writer in the January issue of Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. The issue will feature her new full-length CNF essay, “Winter,” an interview, and possibly a video reading.

Faculty member Sandra Scofield’s essay “Mysteries of Love and Grief” won Narrative Magazine’s Spring Story competition. The essay is an excerpt from Sandra’s book of the same title, forthcoming in 2015.

Student Lisa Sullivan has been named a “Special Merit Recognition Poet” for the 2014 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest presented by The Comstock Review for her poem “The Childless Mother.” She and her poem “To the Bog of Allen” will also be featured in several South Shore, MA newspapers in “The Poet’s Pen” column.

TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES

Becoming Coach Shaw: How I Learned to Run My Own Race by Darwin F. Shaw with graduate Kerry L. Beckford was chosen as the fall 2014 book for the literacy component of the University of Connecticut's Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation (ConnCAP) /Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment) programs at Central Connecticut State University.

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes recently participated in an Author & Ilustrator Fair at the Athens Public Library in Athens, OH.