State of the Union: Diversity & Poetic Craft

[Chestnut Hill, MA, May 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce State of the Union: Diversity and Poetic Craft —a two-day intensive taking place as part of its summer 2012 residency, scheduled for July 6–15 on the Pine Manor College campus. Designed to encourage cross-pollination between styles and approaches to poetry, open up a broader discourse about the art of writing poetry, and encourage experimentation across poetic “camps,” State of the Union will offer a series of craft classes and elective seminars for both MFA students and interested writers in the greater community.

State of the Union will feature:

  • Keynote speaker Stephen Dunn, author of sixteen books, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winner Different Hours, and his most recent, Here and Now.

  • 2012 Cave Canem Partner Poet Nicole Terez Dutton, winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for If One Of Us Should Fall, forthcoming in fall of 2012.

  • Experimental poet Amaranth Borsuk, author of Handiwork, selected for the 2011Slope EditionsPrize. She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT.

  • Multidisciplinary poet, performer, and scholar Tracie Morris, who has presented installations at the Whitney Biennial and the New Museum, among other venues.

  • MFA faculty members Laure-Anne Bosselaar, author of three poetry collections including A New Hunger; Iain Haley Pollock, author of the poetry collection Spit Back a Boy, and winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Prize; Anne-Marie Oomen, poet, playwright, and essayist; Kathleen Aguero, anthologist and author of four poetry collections; and Steven Huff, author of two volumes of poetry and founder of Tiger Bark Press.

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.

For directions to Pine Manor College, detailed faculty bios, and a program overview, go to: www.pmc.edu/mfa