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Upcoming Special Guests

Nicholas Belardes,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Chicano writer Nicholas Belardes has ghostwritten YA novels and short fiction for Harper Collins Teen. A pioneer of the first novel by tweet, Small Places, he also serialized his middle grade novel The Twelve Rules of Survival. His latest YA speculative fiction, “A Dangerous Wand,” will be appearing in Speculative Fiction For Dreamers. His sci-fi, “Sky Seekers,” will be appearing in El Porvenir, Ya! Citlalzazanilli Mexicatl: Chicano Science Fiction Anthology. His fiction has been published in Carve Magazine, Southwestern American Literature, Pithead Chapel, Acentos Review, and others. His essay “South Bakersfield’s Confederate Remains” about being a teen at a Confederate-themed school, was mentioned in the L.A. Times by Pulitzer-winning journalist Christopher Knight as an engaging read on the dangers of racist infrastructural monuments. Nicholas has taught history and writing, and has worked in both 3-D animation and television news. He is currently an MFA candidate at UCR Palm Desert Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing Program, where he plans to work on his eco-horror novel The Deading and his literary novel American Fade. You can reach him on Twitter @nickbelardes where he obsessively posts about birds. Read more on his website.

Anders Carlson-Wee,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions, a New York Public Library Book Group Selection. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, The Sun, AGNI, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His debut chapbook, Dynamite, won the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the McKnight Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize. His work has been translated into Chinese. Anders holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and is represented by Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. Visit his website.

Victoria Cho,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Victoria Cho is a Korean American writer and community advocate who was born in Virginia. Her writing has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Collagist, Perigee, Quarter After Eight, Word Riot, and Mosaic. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a VONA/Voices alumna, and was co-fiction editor of Apogee Journal, a literary magazine that amplifies underserved communities. Victoria has received support from Vermont Studio Center and led creative writing workshops for New York Writers Coalition (NYWC), a nonprofit that offers free creative writing workshops for the public and prioritizes traditionally silenced populations. At NYWC, Victoria facilitated writing workshops for women in transitional housing, senior citizens, people with visual impairments, and teenagers. Victoria has also helped organize creative writing workshop series geared toward writers of color. She previously worked at a community-based organization, where she managed a career and college-readiness program that supported first-generation college students. Victoria completed her MFA at University of New Orleans’ low-residency program, where she received the Privateer Award. She lives in New York City.

Rhina P. Espaillat,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Rhina P. Espaillat has published twelve full-length books, four chapbooks, and a monograph on translation. Her most recent publications are two poetry collections titled And After All and The Field, and a chapbook in collaboration with fellow poet Alfred Nicol, Brief Accident of Light. Espaillat is noted for her English translations of Saint John of the Cross, as well as her book of Spanish translations of Robert Frost, Algo hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn’t Love a Wall, and her bilingual collection of Richard Wilbur translations, Oscura fruta/Dark Berries. Her work, which comprises poetry, essays and short stories in both English and her native Spanish, and translations from and into both languages, appears in numerous journals, anthologies, and websites. She has received many national and international awards, including the Richard Wilbur Award; the Nemerov Prize; the Eliot Prize; several annual awards from the New England Poetry Club, the Poetry Society of America, and the Frost Foundation; various honors from the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture; and a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College. Espaillat is a founding member of the Melopoeia trio and part of the quintet known as The Diminished Prophets.

Debra Jo Immergut,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Debra Jo Immergut is the author of You Again, a New York Times Best Thriller of 2020 and a finalist for the 2021 Gotham Book Prize, and The Captives, a 2019 Edgar Award finalist for Best Debut Novel and published in over a dozen countries worldwide. She has also published a collection of short fiction, Private Property. Her essays and stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Narrative, The New York Times, PANK, and Hobart, among others. A recipient of Michener and MacDowell fellowships, she has been long-listed for the 2021 Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in western Massachusetts.

Crystal King,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Crystal King is a 25-year marketing, social media, and communications veteran; freelance writer; and Pushcart-nominated poet. She is the author of The Chef’s Secret, about the famous Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi; and Feast of Sorrow, about the ancient Roman gourmand Apicius. Currently, Crystal works as a social media professor for HubSpot, a leading provider of inbound marketing software. Crystal has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, UMass Boston, GrubStreet, and here at the Solstice MFA Program. Crystal received her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in medias res. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or at her website.

Jennifer Murvin,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Jennifer Murvin’s stories, essays, and graphic narratives have appeared in River Styx, The Southampton Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, The Florida Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, CutBank, Indiana Review, Post Road, American Short Fiction, The Sun, Mid-American Review, The Cincinnati Review, Bellingham Review, Phoebe, and other journals. She was the winner of the 2015 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, judged by Stuart Dybek, and in 2017 was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Jen teaches courses in fiction writing, memoir writing, comics, literature, and narrative theory at Missouri State University and is recurring faculty for the biannual River Pretty Writers Retreat in the Ozarks. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University and is the owner of Pagination Bookshop in Springfield, MO. Find more at her website.

Jenn Scheck-Kahn,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Jenn Scheck-Kahn is a writer, instructor, and the founder of “Journal of the Month,” a subscription service that delivers an assortment of print literary magazines. Her prose has appeared most recently in Creative Nonfiction Sunday Short Reads, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Washington Post, The Offing, and, and has placed in contests hosted by The Atlantic and Glimmer Train. Discover more about Journal of the Month.

Malcolm Tariq,
Cave Canem Partner Poet
Summer 2021 Residency

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Malcolm Tariq is a poet and playwright from Savannah, Georgia, who writes about intersections of Blackness, queerness, and the American South. He is the author of Heed the Hollow, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Georgia Author of the Year Award, and Extended Play. A former apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company and a 2020-2021 resident playwright with Liberation Theatre Company, Malcolm has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, the Social Science Research Council, and Imagining America. He is a graduate of Emory University and holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. Malcolm lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is the Programs and Communications Manager at Cave Canem, a home for Black poetry.

Xu Xi,
Summer 2021 Residency

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Xu Xi 許素細 is author of fourteen books, including five novels, one memoir, and eight collections of stories and essays. Her latest titles include This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being, Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories, Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City, and a novel, That Man in Our Lives. Recent stories and essays appear or will appear in The Massachusetts Review, West Trestle Review, and Cincinnati Review, as well as in the anthologies The Darkling Halls of Ivy and Jewish Noir II. She is co-founder of Authors at Large and recently established the Mongrel Writers Residence™. She established and directed two international low-residency MFA programs in Asia and the U.S. and has taught creative writing globally for some 20 years; prior to teaching, she spent 18+ years in international marketing and management for various multinationals and businesses worldwide. An Indonesian-Chinese-American diehard transnational, she has split most of her life between Hong Kong, where she was born and raised, and New York City. These days she splits her life, unevenly, between the state of New York and the rest of the world. Starting in September 2021, she will be the Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

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