Solstice MFA announces 2012 Cave Canem Partner Poet

    [Chestnut Hill, MA, March 2011] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its newest Cave Canem Partner Poet Nicole Terez Dutton, winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for her manuscript If One of Us Should Fall, selected by Patricia Smith

Inaugurated in 1999 with Natasha Trethewey’s Domestic Work (Graywolf Press), chosen by Rita Dove, the prestigious Cave Canem Poetry Prize is an annual first-book award dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by African American poets. Ms. Terez Dutton will give a feature reading as part of the Solstice MFA Program’s “State of the Union: Diversity & Poetic Craft” event, Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA. The program is free and open to the public.

Nicole Terez Dutton's work has appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review and Salt Hill Journal. A Cave Canem fellow, she earned an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.The University of Pittsburgh Press will publish If One of Us Should Fall in autumn 2012.

The Solstice-Cave Canem partnership was launched in 2011 with a feature reading by Iain Haley Pollock, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for Spit Back a Boy (The University of Georgia Press), chosen by Elizabeth Alexander. Regarding the partnership between Cave Canem Foundation and Solstice, Program Director Meg Kearney says, “The Solstice MFA Program constantly strives to present the rich diversity of contemporary American literature to its students and the local community. Our partnership with Cave Canem offers another vehicle by which we can highlight the contributions African American poets are making to today’s literary landscape.”

ABOUT SOLSTICE & PINE MANOR COLLEGE
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. The College strives to instill in its students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and sees 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 the organization’s authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at www.pmc.edu/mfa.

ABOUT CAVE CANEM FOUNDATION
Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to remedy the under-representation of African American poets in writing workshops and MFA programs, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. The organization has grown from an initial gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty and a high-achieving national fellowship of 319. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Cave Canem’s programs include an annual week-long retreat at the University of Pittsburgh at Greenburg, first- and second-book prizes, Legacy Conversations with such preeminent poets as Derek Walcott and Rita Dove, cross-cultural Poets on Craft talks with writers in mid-career, community-based workshops, and national readings and panels. To date, the organization has published two anthologies, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (The University of Georgia Press, 2007). In spring 2012, Cave Canem and Willow Books will launch the first in a biennial series of anthologies showcasing poems from the fellowship.

Major Jackson will judge the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize competition; for contest guidelines and to learn more about the organization, visit www.cavecanempoets.org.