Solstice MFA Newsletter





Solstice will host a FREE reading at The Langston Hughes House on Thursday, April 5 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This reading will feature National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson with Solstice faculty members Renée Watson and Iain Haley Pollock. The Langston Hughes House, 20 East 127th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), New York, NY 10035

Solstice is proud to announce faculty member Renée Watson has been awarded the Coretta Scott King Award and a Newbery Honor for her young adult novel Piecing Me Together. Listen to her interview on NPR here: and see her interview with Mr. Schu reads here:



The Solstice MFA Program will attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Tampa, Florida as a conference sponsor from March 7-10, 2018. Visit the Solstice table at the Bookfair - table T1 108.

If you will be at the conference, please come to our Solstice Reception, taking place Friday, March 9, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. It will include snack and drinks. Location: Meeting Room 13, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor, 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

List of all the AWP events featuring Solstice faculty and alumni:

Thursday, March 8:

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Renée Watson (Faculty) - Black Women Writers Presenting, Preserving, & Protecting Black Childhood on the Page. (Jennifer Baker, Ibi Zoboi, Leah Henderson, Tracey Baptiste, Renee Watson) - Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

2:00 p.m.

Anne-Marie Oomen (Faculty) and co-writer Linda Nemec Foster will sign their new illustrated collection, The Lake Michigan Mermaid: A Tale in Poems, at Wayne State University Press booth, 418. Please join us.

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Nicole Terez Dutton (Faculty) - Exquisite Corpse 3.0: Active Learning in the Digital Creative Writing Classroom  (Brian Brodeur, Nicole Terez Dutton, Kurtis Scarletta , Sarah Rose Nordgren , Anne Sanow) - Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Dzvinia Orlowsky (Faculty) will read on Thursday, March 8, as part of the AWP Plume Poetry & MadHat Press Poets Series, at the Tactic Meeting Room, Aloft Tampa Downtown, 100 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Solstice Gathering and Reading for faculty, alumni, and students at AWP 2018 – off site 

Friday, March 9:

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar (Faculty) - Preserving the Memory: Strategies for Keeping the Work of Deceased Poets Alive. (John Hoppenthaler, Brian Turner, Sidney Clifton, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gregory Donovan) - Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Amy Hoffman (Faculty) - “Nothing Can Happen Nowhere”: The Craft of Setting in LGBTQ-Themed Fiction . (Paula Martinac, Amy Hoffman, Cheryl Head, Serkan Gorkemli, Carter Sickels) - Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Nicole Terez Dutton (Faculty) - Unacknowledged Legislators: Poetry in the Age of Alternative Facts. (Brian Brodeur, Dorianne Laux , David Mason, Nicole Terez Dutton) - Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

4:30-5:45 p.m.

Renée Watson (Faculty) - Reading as a Revolutionary Act: Inciting Change in the Literary Community. (Lisa Lucas, Yahdon Israel, Renee Watson, Glory Edim , Rebecca Stump) - Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

4:30-5:45 p.m.

Randall Horton (Faculty) - Redemption in the Pen: Insights from the Journeys of Formerly Incarcerated Writers. (Michael Fischer, Alexis Paige, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Randall Horton, James Allen) Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

SOLSTICE PARTY: Snacks and drinks!

You are invited to the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program Reception

Friday, March 9, 2018

From 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Meeting Room 13, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor

700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Saturday, March 10:

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Mike Steinberg (Writer-In-Residence) - Beyond the I: How Research Enlarges Personal Narrative. (Mimi Schwartz, Michael Steinberg, Joe Mackall, Rebecca McClanahan, Tom Larson) - Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Solstice Alumni Panel - Have MFA, Will Teach: Create Teaching and Outreach Opportunities Outside Academia. (Kim Suhr, Jacque Brown, Alejandro Ramirez, Annette Marquis, Maria Luisa Arroyo) - Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar (Faculty) - To the Left of Time: A Tribute to Thomas Lux. (Travis Denton, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Ginger Murchison, Stuart Dischell, Katie Chaple) - Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor 


Graduate Sally Stanton had four paintings accepted for a juried show, “PLAY,” an exhibition of artwork inspired by children’s art and childhood, at the Kennebec Valley Art Association’s Harlow Gallery, on view March 7-24th.


Faculty member Amy Hoffman will be reading from her memoir Lies About My Family and discussing LGBT issues on Friday, March 2, at Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446, at 7:30. For more information, visit


Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen and co-writer Linda Nemec Foster will present a program "Intriguing Conversations" introducing their new illustrated collection, The Lake Michigan Mermaid: A Tale in Poems, at the Saugutuck Center for the Arts, March 1, 7:00-8:30. Register here. 


Graduate Jane Cawthorne’s play, The Abortion Monologues will be produced April 12 and 14 at the Collis Center for Student Involvement, Dartmouth College, 2 N Main St, Hanover, NH. All proceeds go to Medical Students for Choice.


Faculty member Renée Watson will join Ilyasah Shabazz for a conversation about their new middle grade novel, Betty Before X, at The Schomburg Center on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a book reading, interview, Q&A, and book signing. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Schomburg Center's website. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037


Graduate Jane Cawthorne will read on Thursday March 29 at 7:00 pm in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Vancouver Public Library, Kitsilano Branch, 2425 MacDonald St., from Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction.



Graduate and current post-grad student Lisa Allen’s poem, “Adoration,” was named winner of the Johnson County Kansas Library’s “Ain’t It the Truth” Writing Contest. A reading has been scheduled for August 15, 2018.

Graduate Priscilla Cash recently accompanied a team of fourteen volunteers from York Alliance Church as a journalist. The team helped with recovery in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and Priscilla covered the team's efforts as well as collected stories from those living in the Houston area. Her stories and pictures were published at

Student Monika Kalina’s story, “Letters to the Queen,” has been accepted by NonBinary Review for publication.

Program Director Meg Kearney was featured on NHPR’s The Bookshelf. Listen to her interview here:

Graduate Marilyn Marquez's personal essay, “Welcome to Krav Maga,” has been accepted by Pink Panther Magazine for publication.

Graduate Elizabeth Mercurio’s three poems ― “The Father, the Son, and Some Unholy Spirits,” “The Great Dishonesty of the Precipice, Its Edge,” and “Ode to the Floating Woman Whose Child Survived the Hurricane” have been recently published in Issue 18 of Fledgling Rag. Her poem “Ode to the Lark’s Song,” will appear in the Spring 2018 Issue of The Literary Nest.

Graduate Kimberly Mitchell's middle grade mystery series, Pen and Quin: International Agents of Intrigue, has been accepted for publication by Vinspire Publishing.

Student Martin Smith will release his second children's book, The Stars Over Latin America, on March 9. It is illustrated by São Paulo artist Gustavo Ferres and will be released by Michelkin Publishing in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Graduate Alison Stone has had poems published in Descant, Red Rock Review, San Pedro River River, and the anthology Nasty Women & Bad Hombres. A review of her book Dazzle appeared on a Canadian site:

Graduate Lisa Sullivan’s poems, “Blight,” “Decay,” and an excerpt from “Parts of a Letter” have been accepted by The Chaffin Journal for publication.


Graduates Alex Ramirez, Annette Marquis, Jacque Brown, Maria Luisa Arroyo, and Kim Suhr will present at the AWP Conference: “Have MFA, Will Teach: Create Teaching and Outreach Opportunities Outside Academia” in Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor on Saturday, March 10 @ 3:00 p.m.


The Agents/Editors/Writers Conference in Belgrade, ME is open for registration. Sponsored by the Solstice MFA Program, it takes place on September 22, 2018 from 9:00- 4:00. Meet with agents and get useful feedback. New this year, a one-hour course on “Voice in Your Opening Lines” by Carter Hasegawa, editor at Candlewick Press. Conference has agents for picture book, middle-grade, young adult, and adult fiction writers. The Solstice MFA Program offers two scholarships to Solstice alumni/students.


As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.