January 2015 News

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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).

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will be reading on Friday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Loring Greenough House, 12 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA. She will also be reading on Sunday, January 18 at 2 p.m. as part of the Brookline Poetry Series at Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA.


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

Graduate Joanne Carota has published a piece in a collaborative novel 2113: An Oral History of the Last God.

Graduate Estela Gonzalez’ story, “Maga,” was just published in the winter issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.

Faculty member Laura Williams McCaffrey’s third speculative fiction novel, Marked, is forthcoming from Clarion Books in 2015.

Graduate Debbie Merion recently published “Ess Ess Mein Kihnd” in the winter issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, and “Sharon McRill” in the November 2015 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer.

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.

Graduate Cindy Zelman’s essay, “This Time I Fell in Love with the Daughter,” has been accepted for publication by The Broken Plate, the national literary journal of Ball State University. The essay will appear in the spring 2015 issue.


Graduating Student Marilyn Marquez de Mercado has been hired to teach English Composition at Western New England University.

Student Wren Wynn has been hired to teach Composition for Baker College.


Graduate Ann McArdle was recently awarded a two-week stay at the Turkey Land Cove Foundation on Martha's Vineyard to work on her memoir, Tupamaros!

Sandra Scofield’s memoir, “Mysteries of Love and Grief,” a Narrative Magazine Spring Story winner, has just been listed as one of Narrative's “Staff Picks 2014.”

Graduate Alison Stone’s third volume of poetry, Dangerous Enough, was nominated for The Paterson Poetry Prize. She was also nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.