Solstice MFA Announces Commencement Speaker Louise Meriwether

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that acclaimed children’s writer Louise Meriwether will serve as commencement speaker for its January, 2010 graduation ceremony. The commencement — open to Solstice graduates, family members, and friends — will take place Saturday, January 9, at 5 p.m. in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College.

Louise Meriwether was born in upstate New York and grew up in Harlem during the depression years. Her first novel, Daddy Was a Number Runner, is based on the Harlem community that she knew as a child. She is also the author of three historical children’s books: Don’t Ride the Bus on Monday, the story of Rosa Parks; Dr. Daniel Hale Williams: The Heart Man, chronicling the first doctor to successfully operate on the heart; and The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls, which records the heroics of a slave who hijacked a confederate gunboat. Her latest novel Shadow Dancing, is a contemporary story set in New York City. A committed activist, pacifist, and teacher, Meriwether has served on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Houston. She is the recipient of literary grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York Council for the Arts; the Rabinowitz Foundation; and the Mellon Foundation.