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[Chestnut Hill, MA, November 2013]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its Fellowship winners for the 2014 winter/spring semester. Each fellowship is offered once annually to a promising writer starting the program during the 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:

Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction winner Francis Maguire has worked as a newspaper journalist and editor, military pilot, public relations writer, college academic advisor, and civil aviation manager. But his one abiding goal—one imagined professional ambition—stayed true and constant: to write popular fiction.

Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry winner Jason Stocks was born in Arkansas and raised in Mississippi. He received his BFA from Goddard College where he studied prosody under the direction of New Hampshire Poet Laureate Walter Butts. His work has appeard in numerous journals including Calliope, Folly, Exterminating Angel Press, Xenith, Black Heart Magazine and Blaze Vox.

Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction winner Andrea Davies is a content writer for literary site Detangled Prose: Poetry, Criticism, Essays, and Short Fiction, and she also facilitates writing and visual arts workshops with young folks facing serious life challenges at the San Diego-based nonprofit ARTS: A Reason to Survive. 

Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent winner Jonathan Todd has illustrated work for Scholastic and has drawn Webcomics since 2006. His cartoons also have appeared in more than 20 newspapers and magazines around the country, including The Nation and The Boston Globe. His work has won awards from the Massachusetts Press Association, The Atlanta Journal, and Editorial Humor magazine.


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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