Solstice MFA Announces Commencement Speaker Phillip Lopate

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that acclaimed essayist Phillip Lopate will serve as commencement speaker for its July, 2010 graduation ceremony. The commencement—open to Solstice graduates, family members, friends, and members of the press—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.

Phillip LopateWidely considered one of the foremost American essayists and a central figure in the recent revival of interest in memoir writing, Phillip Lopate is the author of three essay collections, Bachelorhood (winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Award); Against Joie de Vivre; and Portrait of My Body (a finalist for the PEN Best Essay Book of the Year Award); and the recent Getting Personal: Selected Writings. His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Pushcart Prize series. His most recent book of nonfiction prose is the urbanistic meditation Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan.

Phillip has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. After working with children for twelve years as a writer in the schools, he taught creative writing and literature at Fordham, Cooper Union, University of Houston, and New York University. He currently holds the John Cranford Adams Chair at Hofstra University, and also teaches in the MFA graduate programs at Columbia, the New School University, and Bennington College’s MFA Program.