Solstice Program Announces New Faculty Member Kashmira Sheth

[Chestnut Hill, MA, October, 2011] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its new faculty member, young adult and children’s writer Kashmira Sheth.

Kashmira Sheth writes picture books, middle grade novels, and young-adult fiction. Her first novel, Blue Jasmine (Hyperion Books for Children), received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and was selected by American Library Association’s Great Middle School Reads. Her historical fiction, Keeping Corner (Hyperion Books for Children), received the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association Honor Award. It was also selected as an International Reading Association’s Notable Book for a Global Society and American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults. Her picture books, My Dadima Wears a Sari (Peachtree Publishers) and Monsoon Afternoon (Peachtree Publishers), were notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. All six of her books have been selected for “Choices,” Cooperative Children’s Book Center's annual best-of-the-year list. Her latest novel, Boys Without Names (Balzer and Bray, HarperCollins), was a Junior Library Guild Selection and was on Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best List. Kashmira has a chapter book, The No Dogs Allowed Rule, due out in 2012 and a picture book, Tiger in My Soup, forthcoming in 2013. Kashmira was born and raised in India and comes from a family of storytellers. She grew up listening to stories her grandparents, parents, uncles, and aunts told her. As a teenager she came to the United States to attend college. She studied science at Iowa and Wisconsin but her enjoyment of reading and sharing stories nudged her into writing. Besides reading books written in English, she is a life long lover of Gujarati literature and Hindi poetry.

ABOUT 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 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.

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at www.pmc.edu/mfa.