Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program News-May 2017


FACULTY, STAFF, GRADUATE, & STUDENT NEWS FOR MAY 2017

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WRITERS: SO, YOU’VE EARNED YOUR MFA, BUT COULD USE A BIT MORE ,
FEEDBACK ON YOUR WORK FROM A DEDICATED WRITER-MENTOR?

THE SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM PRESENTS ITS

POST-GRADUATE SEMESTER

(For alum of any MFA in Creative Writing Program)

Get that novel, collection of essays or stories, poetry manuscript, or picture book in shape & ready to send out! Genres covered include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for children & young adults and comics and graphic narratives. This is an incredible opportunity to have a mentor work with you on a new project or something you’re working to complete.

DEADLINE for Fall Post-Graduate Semester (starting in July 2017) is Monday, June 19

Visit http://www.pmc.edu/post-graduate-program-details for details.

COURSES FOR AUDIT at the SOLSTICE MFA in CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM

At the start of each semester, the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College hosts a 10-day residency on our campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. A select number of classes are open to serious writers who wish to audit graduate-level Craft, Criticism, & Theory (CC&T) courses and Elective Seminars (each class is two hours long).

The deadline for registering to audit classes during our summer 2017 residency, scheduled for July 7-16, 2017, is Friday, June 23, 2017.

Our classes for audit are listed here: http://www.pmc.edu/mfa-classes-for-audit

You can REGISTER here: http://www.pmc.edu/class-audit-registration-form

Here are some examples of our great offering for July 2017:

DATELINE ZANZIBAR: TRAVEL WRITING 101 in 2017 taught by Guest Faculty member Stephanie Elizondo Griest

GETTING WEIRD IN FICTION taught by Faculty member Jedediah Berry

POETRY COMICS taught by Guest Faculty member Bianca Stone

BREATHING LIFE INTO HISTORICAL FIGURES THROUGH PICTURE BOOKS taught by Guest faculty Jabari Asim

READINGS & EVENTS

MASSACHUSETTS:

Graduate María Luisa Arroyo will read an original commemorative poem on Sunday, May 14 as part of the 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremony at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman will be speaking about Bad Attitude: A Lesbian Sex Magazine at The History Project, 29 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA, from 6:00 - 8:00 on Thursday, May 4 as part of the project's Out of the Archives series. The event is free, but RSVPs are required, via Eventbrite. For more information, visit http://www.historyproject.org/fromthearchives.php

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Program Director Meg Kearney will give a reading at Water Street Books on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. For more information: http://www.waterstreetbooks.com/

NEW YORK:

Meg Kearney will also read and participate in a panel on writing for young people at the Millbrook Literary Festival on Saturday, May 20. For more information: https://millbrookliteraryfestival.org/

WISCONSIN:

Graduate Kim Suhr will read her essay, "Earthy Crunchy Granola Head," in the Listen to Your Mother performance in Milwaukee, WI on May 7th.

CANADA:

Graduate Jane Cawthorne will be reading from Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction at Shelf Life Books in Calgary, Alberta Canada on May 25, 2017 at 7pm.

PUBLICATIONS, RADIO, & BLOGS

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem “City Women” has been accepted by Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, to be published by Lost Horse Press in the fall of 2017.

Kathleen Aguero’s poem “Hard Work” has been accepted for publication in the 2018 Artists Datebook, published by Syracuse Cultural Workers.

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’ poem, “Harbinger,” has been accepted by Panoply, a Literary Zine for publication.

Graduate Estela González's story, “La Perla del Pacífico,” has been accepted by Connotation Press for publication. Estela’s Spanish-language story “Arribada” has been reprinted in Letralia: Tierra de letras. April 2017.

Graduate William Hastings' novel, The Howling Ages, will be published by The Concord Free Press in the fall of 2017.

Faculty member Steven Huff's new collection of stories It Just So Happened will be published by Cosmographia Books in September.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky’s new poetry collection, Bad Harvest, has been accepted by Carnegie Mellon University Press for publication in fall of 2018.

Graduate Alex Ramirez, editor-in-chief at Spare Change News invited fellow graduate Billy Still to share the stories from his time spent with asylum seekers crossing the southern US borders. Billy’s article, Room in the inn, can be seen on the Spare Change News website: http://sparechangenews.net/2017/04/room-inn-dispatch-arizona-center-asylum-seekers/

Graduate Lisa J. Sullivan’s poems, “350s” and “Aubade” have been accepted by Common Ground Review for publication.

TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will be a panelist on “Metaphor in Poetry: A Life Vest in a Time of Silence” on Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m., Hawthorne Hotel Library, Salem, MA as part of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. http://www.masspoetry.org/2017-massachusetts-poetry-festival/

Graduate María Luisa Arroyo will read and teach a poetry workshop, "Ripple Effects: Read to Write!" on Wednesday, May 24 as part of the Student Day of Poetry at the JFK Middle School in Northampton, MA.

María Luisa Arroyo will also facilitate two poetry workshops, "To Refract the Complexity of Our Lives, Write American Ghazals" and "Naming Our Roots: Seeds for Multicultural, Multilingual Poems" on Sunday, May 3 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the 2017 Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.

Graduate Estela González will participate in the Creating Home and a sense of belonging - a writer's discussion panel on Thursday, May 18th at at the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.

OTHER NEWS (awards, etc.)

Student Eileen Cleary’s poem was chosen by the mayoral office for cultural affairs in Newton, and they will be painting her poem, "Catching Water" on the sidewalk at The Street in Chestnut Hill. Visit it this month!

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’ poem, “Hungry,” has been commissioned by Oakland University’s Bridging the Gaps: Guitars for Social Justice Project, which explores the relationship between the oratory and performing arts. A composer will write music to accompany the piece that will be performed in a one-hour program during the Fall 2017 term.

Graduate Estela González will be a featured writer in the May 2017 issue of Connotation Press.

Knowing Knott: Essays on an American Poet, edited by faculty member Steven Huff, received a glowing review in Woven Tale Press, an online literary magazine. The anthology is a tribute to the poet Bill Knott and includes essays by Star Black, Stephen Dobyns, Jonathan Galassi, DeWitt Henry, Timothy Lieu, Tom Lux, and Michael Waters, among others.

Graduate Kimberly J. Kreines was the lead creative designer and world-builder for Magic: the Gathering’s recently released card set, Amonkhet.

OPPORTUNITIES

BOA Editions is pleased to accept submissions for the 7th annual BOA Short Fiction Prize from April 1 - May 31, 2017. The winner gets $1000 and book publication in 2019. More information: https://www.boaeditions.org/pages/boa-short-fiction-prize?utm_source=SFP+2017&utm_campaign=2017+SFP+1&utm_medium=email

The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers worldwide. The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum. Stories may be on any theme or subject. There is an £8.00 (about $10.00) entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished. 1st prize is £1,000 (about $1,245). For full details and rules on the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize please click here.

Cricket Media seeks folktales, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions for its literary magazines for children and teens: Babybug (ages 0-3), Ladybug (ages 3-6), Spider (ages 6-9), Cricket (ages 9-14), and Cicada (ages 14 and up). Especially welcome: works by LGBTQIA+ writers/artists, writers/artists with disabilities, and writers/artists of color. Upcoming deadlines range from June-September. Visit at cricketmag.submittable.com/submit for more details.

Dzanc Books is pleased to announce their 2017 season of contests now open for submissions to its Prize for Fiction, the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize, and the inaugural Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize. The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing. A $10,000 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. The Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize seeks book-length manuscripts in fiction or nonfiction exhibiting a marked commitment to mutual understanding and cultural exchange across the globe. As the United States Government moves to erect barriers both physical and legal, Dzanc Books and the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, strive to promote literature that crosses boundaries and to advocate for a diverse, global literary discourse. The winning submission will be awarded a $5,000 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by the Disquiet imprint of Dzanc Books. The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in the short form. Past winners include Kirstin Allio (Clothed, Female Figure), Anne Valente (By Light We Knew Our Names), and Jen Grow (My Life as a Mermaid). The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books. All three contests will be open from March 1, 2017, through September 15, 2017 via our Submittable page. There is a $25 submission fee for each entry. A list of finalists for each prize will be published on October 16 and the winners will be announced on November 1.

I Come From The World, a new online magazine, has put out a call for submissions. The deadline is May 15, 2017. The contest theme is “What does it mean to you to "come from the world”? and has a $500 prize. I Come From The World seeks to inspire, inform, and connect people around the world through truth- and story-telling. For submission instructions, go to: http://www.icomefromtheworld.com/submit/ For contest guidelines, go to: http://www.icomefromtheworld.com/call-for-submissions-i-come-from-the-world/

Pink Panther Magazine is now accepting submissions of art, poetry, and prose (fiction, personal essay, articles) for Volume 8, Number 2. Deadline for consideration: July 15, 2017.

Slate Roof Press, a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, is pleased to announce the 2017 Elyse Wolf Prize for our annual poetry chapbook contest. The winner receives $500, becomes an active member of the press, and will have his/her chapbook published by Slate Roof. Submit no more than 28 pages of poetry. $10 reading fee. Deadline (upload/postmark): June 15, 2017. For full contest guidelines, visit www.slateroofpress.com/contest.html.

Tammy is reading chapbook submissions and, beginning on March 1, journal submissions. Founded in 2009, Tammy is a print journal and chapbook press publishing work from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters. They are reading chapbooks year-round and journal submissions from March 1 through June 1; submit at: https://tammy.submittable.com/submit

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open from April 5-August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

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.

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