Solstice MFA Announces a Guest Appearance by Dorothy Allison

Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that critically acclaimed novelist Dorothy Allison will read as part of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program Winter Reading Series on Thursday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. The reading is free and open to the public; plenty of free parking!

Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. She describes herself as a feminist, a working-class storyteller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet, and a happily born-again Californian.

An award-winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook — early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals — Allison published her first book of poetry, The Women Who Hate Me, in 1983. Her short-story collection, Trash, won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. She received mainstream recognition with the publication of her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, a Finalist for the 1992 National Book Award, which was subsequently translated into more than a dozen languages and made into an eponymous film. Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is also the author of Cavedweller, a New York Time Notable Book of the Year; Two or Three Things I know for Sure; Skin—Talking about Sex, Class & Literature; and the forthcoming She Who.

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