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Upcoming Special Guests

Robbie Gamble,
Winter 2022 Residency

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Robbie Gamble’s poems and essays have appeared in the Atlanta Review, Pangyrus, Poet Lore, RHINO, and Tahoma Literary Review, and have been anthologized in We Refugees from Pact Press as well as Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets from Black Lawrence Press. His chapbook A Can of Pinto Beans will be published by Lily Poetry Review Press in 2022. Robbie was the winner of the 2017 Carve Poetry Prize, winner of the 2019 Soundings East flash nonfiction prize, and a 2019 Robert Taylor fellow at the Kenyon Summer Writers Workshop. He is the poetry editor for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Robbie earned his MFA in Poetry from Lesley University. He worked for many years as a nurse practitioner with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and he now divides his time between Boston and Vermont.

Annie Hartnett,
Winter 2022 Residency

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Annie Hartnett is the author of the novels Rabbit Cake (Tin House, 2017) and Unlikely Animals (forthcoming from Ballantine/Random House, April 2022). Rabbit Cake was a finalist for the New England Book Award, long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and short-listed for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. Annie has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She holds degrees from the MFA program at the University of Alabama, Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, and Hamilton College. She teaches at Grub Street in Boston, works as a freelance editor, and lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Terrance Hayes,
Writer-in-Residence
Winter 2022 Residency
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Terrance Hayes’ most recent poetry collection is American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the TS Eliot Prize, the Brooklyn Public Library’s Literary Prize for Fiction Poetry, the LA Times Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. In 2010, his book Lighthead won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Hurston-Wright Award. His first book, Muscular Music, won both a Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His second book, Hip Logic, was a National Poetry Series selection and a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Wind In a Box, a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award finalist, was named one of the best books of 2006 by Publishers WeeklyHow to Be Drawn received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and was long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry. Terrance’s other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a profile on the PBS Newshour with Jim Leher, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His poems have appeared in seven editions of the Best American Poetry anthology and two editions of the Pushcart Best of the Small Presses anthology. His essay collection To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He was also guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2014, the preeminent annual anthology of contemporary American poetry. He is professor of English at New York University.

Lee Hope,
Writer-in-Residence
Winter 2022 Residency

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Solstice Program writer-in-residence Lee Hope is 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 founding 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 (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 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.

Carolyn Jenks,
Winter 2022 Residency

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Carolyn Jenks’ professional career began at age twelve in Chicago as an actress in film, television, radio, and theatre. She studied acting with Flovia Drazy of the Moscow Art Theatre and voice with Titto Ruffo from the LaScala Opera in Milan. She earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a double major in Comparative Literature and Speech/Theatre. While an unemployed actress in New York City, a chance introduction to publisher Ian Ballantine led to a second career in publishing, with a focus on subsidiary rights, and eventually the combining of her passions for books, theatre, film, and art into the establishment of her literary agency. Her personal journey created the activist within, and the tumultuous events of the late sixties and seventies found her participating in civil rights and anti-war activities. As an aftermath of witnessing suffering up close, she returned to school and earned two graduate degrees: one in Theology from Emmanuel College in Boston and the other in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She practiced as a licensed therapist with a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work until resurrecting her agency in the 1990s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it continues to this day. Carolyn represents outstanding fiction and non-fiction across all genres. She is looking for stories that have that X factor.

Sydney Lea
Winter 2022 Residency

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Vermont native Sydney Lea is the 2021 recipient of his state’s most prestigious award of its kind: the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. (Past winners include luminaries from Galway Kinnell to Bernard Malamud, Grace Paley, Rudolf Serkin, and many others.) A former Pulitzer finalist and winner of the Poets’ Prize, he served as founding editor of New England Review and was Vermont’s Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2015. Syd is author of 23 books; the latest is Seen from All Sides: Lyric and Everyday Life, essays published by Green Writers Press (2021). His mock-epic graphic poem, The Exquisite Triumph of Wormboy (Able Muse, 2020), was produced in collaboration with former Vermont Cartoonist Laureate James Kochalka. Four Way Books published his latest collection of poems, Here, in 2019. For more info, visit his website.

Shelley Linso,
Winter 2022 Residency

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Shelley Linso’s short stories have been published or earned prizes in myriad literary journals, including The Atlantic, Roanoke Review, New Orleans Review, and The Briar Cliff Review. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as well as the Vermont Studio Center. In 2009, her story “Sugaring Off” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Shelley received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and is an assistant professor of English, writing, and literature at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 

Beth Little,
Winter 2022 Residency

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Beth Little has two degrees in writing: an MLitt in fiction from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and an MFA in 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).

Devi Lockwood,
Winter 2022 Residency

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Devi Lockwood is the Ideas editor at Rest of World and the author of 1,001Voices on Climate Change, a book published by Simon & Schuster (Tiller Press), in 2021. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer at The New York Times Opinion section. She spent five years traveling in 20 countries on six continents to document 1,001 stories on water and climate change. As a 2018 National Geographic Explorer, she photographed and recorded audio with ArtCirq, an Inuit Arctic performance collective. In 2019, she completed the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT. In 2014, Devi graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Harvard, where she studied folklore and mythology, earned a language citation in Arabic, and rowed for the Radcliffe Varsity Lightweight Women’s Rowing team. You can read her writing in The New York Times, The Guardian, Slate, The Washington Post, Bicycling Magazine, Yale Climate Connections, and elsewhere. Visit her website for additional information.

Suzanne S. Rancourt,
Winter 2022 Residency

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Best of the Net Nominee Suzanne S. Rancourt is a poet and art therapist of Abenaki/Huron descent. Suzanne has published three books: Billboard in the Clouds (now in its 2nd printing), winner the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award; murmurs at the gate (Unsolicited Press, 2019), and Old Stones, New Roads (Main Street Rag 2021). She is a United States Marine Corps and Army veteran who holds an advanced graduate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy; a Master of Science degree in Psychology from SUNY Albany, and an MFA in Creative Writing degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor, as well as a practitioner of Aikido and Iaido Sensei. Suzanne is widely published in her fields of expertise, which includes post-traumatic growth and trauma treatment. Visit her website for more information.

Lisa Stringfellow,
Winter 2022 Residency

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Lisa Stringfellow writes middle grade fiction and has a not-so-secret fondness for fantasy with a dark twist. Her debut middle-grade fantasy, A Comb of Wishes—selected as an American Book Association “Indies Introduce” title for winter/spring 2022—will be published in February 2022 by HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books. Lisa also received the inaugural Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Manuscript Award in 2019 for her then novel-in-progress. Lisa’s work often reflects her West Indian and Black southern heritage. Growing up, she was a voracious reader; books took her to places where her imagination could thrive. She writes for her twelve-year-old self, the kid waiting to be the brown-skinned hero of an adventure, off saving the world. Her professional work has appeared in Edutopia, Education Week, and Independent Teacher Magazine, and her happy place is her classroom of fifth and sixth graders, where she champions the rights of all children to see themselves in books. Lisa lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her children and two bossy cats.