Solstice MFA Announces New Partnership With Cave Canem: A Home For Black Poetry

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The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce a new partnership with Cave Canem Foundation, the nation’s “premier home for black poetry.” Beginning in July 2011, The Solstice Program will host an annual reading by a Cave Canem poet at its summer residency. The program will launch on July 14 at 7 pm with a guest appearance by Iain Pollock, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a first-book award dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by African American poets. The program will be held in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street in Chesnut Hill, and is free and open to the public.

"The Solstice MFA Program constantly strives to present the rich diversity of contemporary American literature to its students and the local community,” says Solstice MFA Director Meg Kearney. “Our new partnership with Cave Canem offers another vehicle by which we can highlight the contributions African American poets are making to today’s literary landscape.”

Iain Haley Pollock lives in Philadelphia and teaches English at Chestnut Hill Academy. His first collection of poems, Spit Back a Boy (University of Georgia Press, 2011), was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2010 Cave Canem Prize. In addition, his work has appeared in several literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Callaloo. Pollock received his undergraduate degree at Haverford College and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Syracuse University, where he won the Joyce Carol Oates Award. He is a Cave Canem fellow.

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 300-plus. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Cave Canem’s programs include an annual week-long retreat, first and second book prizes, Legacy Conversations, Poets on Craft talks, regional writing workshops, publications and national readings. To date, the organization has published Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (2006) and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007). To learn more, visit