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Upcoming Special Guests

Amy L Clark,
Winter 2021 Residency

author Amy L Clark
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Amy L Clark’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including Litro, Fifth Wednesdays, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Juked. Her story collection, Adulterous Generation, is available from Queen’s Ferry Press; and her first novel, Palais Royale, is forthcoming from Engine Books. She has taught writing for fourteen years.

Anika Aldamuy Denise,
Winter 2021 Residency

author Anika Aldamuy Denise
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Anika Aldamuy Denise, a multiple awardwinning author, writes stories that tickle her funny bone, tug her heartstrings, feed her curiosity, and celebrate her multicultural Puerto Rican-American heritage. She is the author of ten picture books, including the Pura Belpré-honor winning Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré and A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer! In addition to writing, she is mentor for Las Musas and LatinxPitch. Raised in Queens, New York, she now lives with her husband and three daughters in coastal Rhode Island. To find out more about Anika’s books, visit her website.  

Sorche Fairbank,
Winter 2021 Residency

literary agent Sorche Fairbank

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Sorche Fairbank is founder of Fairbank Literary Representation, a small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author’s Guild, the Agents Round Table, PEN, and Grub Street’s Literary Advisory Council. Fairbank Literary Representation is happily in its eighteenth year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize winning-journalists to professionals at the top of their fields. They can be found with all the major publishers, as well as in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Granta, Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Glimmertrain, and more. 

Leah Falk,
Winter 2021 Residency

author Leah Falk

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Leah Falk is the author of To Look After and Use. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, FIELD, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She’s received support for her writing from the Yiddish Book Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Asylum Arts, and the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA. By day, she runs literary programming at the Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden. She’s also the creator of MFA Day Job, a repository of interviews with writers about writing and making a living. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.  

Leah Henderson,
Winter 2021 Residency

author Leah Henderson

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Leah Henderson is an award-winning author of books for young readers. Her middle grade novels include The Magic in Changing Your Stars and One Shadow on the Wall. Her short story “Warning: Color May Fade” is in the YA anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America. Her picture books include Mamie on the Mound as well as the forthcoming Together We March, A Day for Rememberin, and Daddy Speaks Love. Leah holds an MFA in Writing and is on faculty at Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing. 

Lee Hope,
Writer-in-Residence
Winter 2021 Residency

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Lee Hope is the author of the novel Horsefever, which made its mark on the Small Press Distribution Bestseller List when it was published in 2016 and went on to be a finalist for the Midwest Book Awards. Lee is also is editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Her fiction has received grants from both the Maine and the Pennsylvania Arts Commissions. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, such as Witness, The North American Review, Epiphany, and Sou’wester. Her short story “What to Take In Case of Fire” received an honorable mention in American Fiction, Vol. 13 (winner of the 2015 Midwest Book Awards in the anthology category). Founder and former director of a low-residency MFA program in Maine, Lee also helped to found the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. She is currently president of the nonprofit Solstice Institute for Creative Writing and teaches for Changing Lives Through Literature, which brings literature to people on probation. 

Beth Little,
Winter 2021 Residency

author Beth Little
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Beth Little has two degrees in writing: an MLitt (fiction) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and an MFA (Writing for Young People) from the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College, where she subsequently worked for three years as the program’s assistant director. Currently, she teaches Humanities at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. Beth’s work has been published in the anthology Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption, Eastown Fiction, and the YA Review Network. She was awarded an SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor in 2016. Her most recent piece of short fiction for young adults “Where Did You Go?” can be found in the Silence/Power issue of Hunger Mountain (Spring 2019). 

Jennifer Markell,
Winter 2021 Residency

Author Jennifer Markell
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Jennifer Markell’s poetry collection, Samsara (Turning Point Press) was named a “Must Read Book of Poetry” by the Massachusetts Book Awards in 2015. Before joining the Board of the New England Poetry Club, she received the NEPC Barbara Bradley and Firman Houghton awards. Other awards include the Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition (Commendation), The Comstock Review Awards (Special Merit), and Finalist for the Rita Dove Prize in Poetry (International Literary Awards, 2016). Her work has appeared in publications including The Cimarron Review (forthcoming), Consequence Magazine, Diode Poetry Journal, RHINO, Solstice Literary Magazine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Women’s Review of Books. Jennifer taught writing and literature classes at Middlesex Community College and co-founded its literary magazine Voices. She also taught fiction writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education and communications writing at Boston University. A member of the Jamaica Pond Poets for fifteen years, Jennifer helps coordinate the reading series “Chapter and Verse.” For the past twenty years she has worked in community mental health, and as a psychotherapist with special interest in mindfulness practice and therapeutic uses of writing.

Dzvinia Orlowsky,
Writer-in-Residence
Winter 2021 Residency

Dzvinia Orlowsky
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Pushcart-Prize winner Dzvinia Orlowsky is the author of six poetry collections, including Bad Harvest (2018) recently named a 2019 Massachusetts Book Awards “Must Read” in poetry, Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones, co-winner of the 2010 Sheila Motton Book Award, and Silvertone (2013) for which she was named Ohio Poetry Day Association’s 2014 Co-Poet of the Year. Her first collection, A Handful of Bees, was reprinted in 2008 as part of the Carnegie Mellon University Classic Contemporary Series. Dzvinia’s poetry and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Agni, Field, Guernica, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Antioch Review, International Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, A Map of Hope: An International Literary Anthology, From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine, A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry, and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Her translation from Ukrainian of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna, was published by House Between Water in 2006, and in 2014, Jeff Friedman’s and her co-translation of Memorials by Polish poet Mieczyslaw Jastrun was published by Dialogos. In 2016, she and Friedman were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship in support of continuing their translation work of Jastrun’s poems. A founding editor of Four Way Books (1993-2001), she is also a contributing editor to Agni and contributing poetry editor to Solstice Literary Magazine. She has taught poetry at the Mount Holyoke Writers’ Conference, The Boston Center for Adult Education, Emerson College, Gemini Ink, the Stonecoast Summer Writers’ Conference, the Stonecoast MFA Program, Writers in Paradise, and the Solstice Summer Writers’ Conference at Pine Manor College. In 2012, she accepted a one-year appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College and currently conducts poetry and prose poetry workshops as Guest Lecturer at the college. Dzvinia is a recipient and co-recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Grant as well as a Council’s Professional Development Grant, and most recently, New England Poetry Club’s 2019 Samuel Washington Allen Prize for her poem sequence titled “The (Dis)enchanted Desna.” She is Founding Director of Night Riffs: A Solstice Magazine Reading and Music Series. She lives in Massachusetts.

Cammy Thomas,
Winter 2021 Residency

author Cammy Thomas
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Cammy Thomas has published two collections of poetry: Inscriptions and Cathedral of Wish, which received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A third, Tremors, will be out in fall 2021 from Four Way Books. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in English from Berkeley, where her dissertation was on women and the feminine in Tennyson’s poetry. Two of her poems, under the title Far Past War,” were set to music by her sister, composer Augusta Read Thomas, and will premiere at Washington’s National Cathedral in 2021. Having taught all levels of creative writing—composition and literature, from high school to graduate school—Cammy lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

Marjorie Thomsen,
Winter 2021 Residency

Author Marjorie Thomsen
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Marjorie Thomsen loves teaching others how to play with words and live more poetically in the world. She is the author of Pretty Things Please (Turning Point, 2016). Two poems from this collection were read on The Writer’s Almanac. One of Marjorie’s poems about hiking in a dress and high heels was made into a short animated film. She was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and is the recipient of  poetry awards from the University of Iowa School of Social Work, Poetica Magazine, and others. Publications include Pangyrus, Rattle, SWWIM, and Tupelo Quarterly. Marjorie earned certification through Mass Poetry and Lesley University to be a Poet in Residence in the Massachusetts Public Schools. For several years, she served on the board of the New England Poetry Club. She holds a master’s in social work and is a psychotherapist and instructor at Boston University’s School of Social Work. She lives in Cambridge with her family. 

Tanya Whiton,
Winter 2021 Residency

author Tanya Whiton
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Writer and editor Tanya Whiton’s fiction has recently been featured in Collateral, CutBank, Fanzine, The Cincinnati Review, and Al Pie de la Letra. A finalist in the 2019 Tennessee Williams Contest, she won second place in Zoetrope: All Story’s 2017 Short Fiction Contest. She is also the co-writer and an associate producer of the documentary feature “The Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence. Former Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, Tanya teaches creative writing and professional development skills for writers, and she has created seminars for the Solstice MFA Program, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Lesley University, and the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. Visit her website.