PMC's Solstice MFA to Welcome Novelist Walter Mosley in July

The Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that critically acclaimed novelist and activist Walter Mosley will serve as commencement speaker for its July, 2009 graduation ceremony. The commencement will take place Saturday, July 18, at 5 p.m. in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. A reception will follow.

Mr. Mosley’s dedication to the cause of creating opportunities for writers of all backgrounds is in keeping with Pine Manor College’s mission to create the most diverse graduate and undergraduate programs in the country. The author of thirty best-selling books, including his latest, The Long Fall, and the popular Easy Rawlins mysteries, Mr. Mosley has been the winner of the 1996 Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Literary Award; the NAACP Award in Fiction; the O’Henry Award; and the Anisfield Wolf Award —an honor given to works that increase the appreciation and understanding of race in America.

In 2005, he was honored by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute with a “Risktaker Award,” given to him for both his creative and activist efforts, and he was an editor and contributor to the book Black Genius. And in 1997, Mr. Mosley founded a new publishing degree program aimed at young urban residents at The City College of New York —the only such program in the country.

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 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.

 Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at www.pmc.edu/mfa.