[Chestnut Hill, MA, October 2014] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its Dennis Lehane and Sharon Olds Fellowship winners for the 2015 winter/spring semester. Fellowship recipients each receive a $1,000 award toward their first semester’s tuition. For more information about Solstice MFA Program Fellowships, go to:

2015 Sharon Olds Poetry Fellowship winner Colleen DeCourcy recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. About receiving the fellowship, Colleen had this to say: “I am grateful to receive the Sharon Olds Fellowship, not only for helping me reach my academic goals, but for the confidence it gives me in my work as I move forward with future projects. Working toward my MFA is an essential step for me and I am excited to have the opportunity to study at Pine Manor this spring. I send my deepest thanks to the Solstice faculty and community.”

2015 Dennis Lehane Fiction Fellowship winner Alexa Hudson has been writing since she was young, but writing became a true practice when she left Wesleyan University for a job in Alaska in her early twenties. Writing synthesized new experiences of place and community. With a degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Utah, Alexa also explores non-linear time in her short stories. In addition to fiction, Alexa writes non-fiction about rock climbing, alpine climbing, and women in extreme sports. She will be published in Rock & Ice Magazine this November. Alexa is thrilled to join the Solstice community this winter, and cannot wait for school to begin.



As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

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