Solstice MFA Announces New Faculty Members

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce three new faculty members: M. Evelina Galang, Jaime Manrique, and David Yoo.

M. Evelina Galang photo courtesy of mevelinagalang.comM. Evelina Galang is the author of two books of fiction, Her Wild American Self, a collection of short stories; and the novel One Tribe. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Philippine Star; Calyx; and Ms magazine. She is also editor of the nonfiction anthology Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images. A recipient of the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Advancing Human Rights, the 2004 AWP Prize in the Novel, and the 2007 Global Filipino Award in Literature (for One Tribe), Evelina has been researching the lives of the women of Liga ng mga Lolang Pilipina (LILA Pilipina), surviving Filipina “Comfort Women” of WWII, since 1998. Based on this research, she is currently writing Lolas’ House: Women Living with War.

David Yoo photo by Jessica JacksonDavid Yoo is the author of the novels Girls for Breakfast, which was named a NYPL Best Book for Teens and a Booksense Pick and Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, a Chicago Best of the Best selection, of which author Jonathan Lethem wrote, “David Yoo's voice is so witty and charming it only seems fair to give warning: he’ll break the hearts of teenage readers of all ages with this bittersweet love story.” His forthcoming collection of essays, The Choke Artist, documents the experience of growing up as a Korean American with characteristic humor. David has published fiction and nonfiction in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review and Who Can Save Us Now?, and he has a regular column in Koream Journal.

Jaime Manrique photo by Verónica MárquezJaime Manrique is a Colombian born novelist, poet, essayist, and translator who writes both in English and Spanish, and whose work has been translated into many languages. Among his publications in English are the novels Colombian Gold, Latin Moon in Manhattan, Twilight at the Equator, and Our Lives Are the Rivers; the volumes of poetry My Night with Federico García Lorca and Tarzan, My Body, Christopher Columbus; and the memoir Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me. His honors include Colombia’s National Poetry Award, the 2007 International Latino Book Award (Best Novel, Historical Fiction), and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A Trustee of PEN American Center, he is currently at work on Cervantes Street, a novel.

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