Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program News-February 2018

Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA Contact: Beth Little
For Release: Thursday, February 1, 2018 Assistant Director
Email: littlebeth@pmc.edu 

SOLSTICE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM FACULTY, STAFF, GRADUATE, & STUDENT NEWS FOR FEBRUARY 2018 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our Writers Helping Writers Need-based Scholarship Fund Campaign to raise money to help ensure that writers of all ages and backgrounds continue to take part in our inspiring, supportive community of artists was a great success. The money goes directly to our need-based scholarship fund to support writers wanting to join our MFA program and pursue their creative dreams. Through the generous donations of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, we raised $9000.00, 75% of the funds we give away yearly! That is a record! Thank you for supporting the arts! 


READINGS & EVENTS 

MASSACHUSETTS: 

Program Director Meg Kearney will take part in a conversation with writer Ben Ludwig called “Taking Control of our Adoption Stories.” They will talk about their personal connections with their adopted characters, and engage in a discussion about empowering adopted and foster children to tell their own stories. The event, sponsored by Foster On, will take place at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. www.portersquarebooks.com/event/2018-02 

Faculty members Kathleen Aguero and Dzvinia Orlowsky will read with Danielle LeGros Georges on Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. as part of a reading by Solstice Literary Magazine editors at the Newton Free Library, Homer St., Newton, MA. 

Faculty members Kathleen Aguero and Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Friday, February 23 at 7 p.m. as part of a reading from Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse at Porter Square Books in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA. 

NEW YORK: 

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Saturday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. as part of a commemorative reading for Ukrainian poet and literary critic Bohdan Boychuk (1927-2017). The Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street, New York City. Admission: $10 (includes gallery access, light reception). 


PUBLICATIONS, RADIO, & BLOGS 

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem, “Praise for the Ill,” has been published in Ibbetson St. #42

Graduate James Anderson's second novel Lullaby Road (Crown Publishing Group), was released in Hardcover, E-book, Audio download, and CD on January 16 and has received praise from The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Library Journal (starred review). 

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’s poem, “Minor Characters: A Graphic Narrative,” has been selected for publication in The Charleston Anvil, Issue 5, Volume 3, Number 2, due for release Winter 2018. 

Graduate Estela González’s novel excerpt “La Perla del Pacífico” appeared both in the Winter 2017 issue of Revista Literaria Luvina and in Under the Volcano: A Bilingual Anthology. 2018. 

Graduate Alexandra Hupertz, under pen name Andi Lawrencovna, recently published in an anthology project, Sinfully Delicious: Six Scintillating Stories of Sweets, Treats, and Happily-Ever-Afters, released February 14, 2018. All proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. 

Graduate Mira Singer’s article, “The Last Jedi and the Power of Failure,” has been accepted by Mythcreants (https://mythcreants.com/blog/the-last-jedi-and-the-power-of-failure/) for publication. 

Student Sarah Walker's short story, "Joe and June," has been accepted by The Colorado Review for publication in the summer, 2018 issue. Her short story, "The Places You Go When You're Alive," has been accepted by Cleaver Magazine for publication in the spring, 2018 issue. 

Former Associate Director Tanya Whiton’s short story, “Marine Life of the British Indian Ocean Territory,” won second prize in Zoetrope: All Story’s 2017 Fiction Contest, and her story “Wingman” was given an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2017 Very Short Fiction Contest. Her flash fiction “The Saint” was recently published in A Pie de la Letra, with a translation into Spanish by Karla Marrufo Huchim. 


TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES 

Graduates Alex Ramirez, Annette Marquis, Jacque Brown, Maria Luisa Arroyo, and Kim Suhr will present at the AWP Conference: “Have MFA, Will Teach: Create Teaching and Outreach Opportunities Outside Academia” in Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor on Saturday, March 10 @ 3:00 p.m. 

Graduate Joanne Carota received The Sterling Watson Fellowship to attend Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College, January 14-20, 2018. 

Graduate Lisa Mahoney was awarded a scholarship to attend the Writers in Paradise conference at Eckerd College January 14 – 20, 2018. She studied under Stewart O’Nan. 

Graduate Ann McArdle has received a grant for a writing residency for the month of February at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, where she will put finishing touches on her memoir titled Tupamaros!, about her life in Uruguay from 1969-1972; and she will work on her picture book. 

Faculty member Sandra Scofield will be teaching a four-week workshop, “Aboutness, A Workshop for Novelists and Narrative Memoirists,” in Portland, Oregon. The event is sponsored by Mountain Writers and will occur on Thursday evenings, February 8, 15, 22, and March 1. For information see mountainwriters.org


OTHER NEWS (awards, etc.) 

Graduate Carol Owens Campbell's debut novel, September Fourteenth, was named a Finalist, among 620 entries, in the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Contest (Fiction). Carol will attend an invitation-only Masters Workshop in Tucson for Finalists in March 2018. 

Graduate Heather Christie’s first novel, What The Valley Knows, debuted as a #1 Amazon Hot New Release in Teen & Young Adult Romantic Mysteries & Thrillers. What the Valley Knows is available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZbVwGmysDI 

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’s poem, “Say You Walk Away,” has been nominated by Golden Walkman Magazine for a 2018 Pushcart Prize. 

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky’s piece “Rolling” is one of 5 nominated by 100 Word Story for “Best Small Fictions 2018.” 

Graduate Sally Stanton had two paintings accepted for a juried show at River Arts Center Gallery in Damariscotta, Me. Her work was among the top three voted to earn a “People’s Choice” solo show beginning February 10. 

Graduate Danielle DeTiberus' poem “Relic” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Missouri Review

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OPPORTUNITIES 

The Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry is accepting submissions January 1- March 31, 2018. Dorianne Laux will judge. This is for a book-length collection of poetry written in English. Open to any poet writing in English, regardless of publication history. $1,000 honorarium and participation in a Four Way Books reading in NYC. $30 processing fee. Online or paper submissions accepted. Respond by Labor Day. Click here for complete guidelines

Pink Panther Magazine is now accepting submissions of art, poetry, prose, and personal essay for Volume 9, Number 1. Work received by February 7th will receive priority consideration for the next issue. 

Room has a creative nonfiction contest with a deadline of March 8, 2018. FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication in Room. Each entry includes one piece of creative nonfiction of up to 3,500 words. Winners will be published in our December 2018 issue. 2018 Judge: Stacey May Fowles. https://room.submittable.com/submit 

The Southeast Review is currently open for general submissions. For more information, please visit: https://www.southeastreview.org/general-submissions In particular, they are looking for book reviews of recent works. If you are interested, please directly email our Book Reviews Editor, Daniel Moysaenko at serbookreview@gmail.com for more information. They also have their 30-Day Writer's Regimen (which is a great teaching resource). It will begin February 1st. The Writer's Regimen consists of 30 emails for the month of February that includes daily writing prompts, riff words, weekly messages, and craft talks from amazing writers. Please refer to this link for more information: https://www.southeastreview.org/writer-s-regimen. This round's Writer's Regimen features craft talks by Tara Ison, Lily Hoang, W. Todd Kaneko, and Joanna C. Valente. 

ABOUT THE SOLSTICE PROGRAM & PINE MANOR COLLEGE 

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 Program 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. www.pmc.edu/mfa