Solstice MFA Announces Winner of Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that poetry student Jacquelyn Brown has been awarded the 2010 Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices.

The Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices is offered once annually to a promising writer of diverse background who starts the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program during the summer residency/fall semester. Fellowship recipients receive a $500 award toward their first semester’s tuition.

Lee HopeA founding supporter of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, Lee Hope Betcher serves on the Board of Directors of the Solstice Writers’ Institute, a nonprofit organization in the service of creative writers, and is Executive Editor of the organization’s literary magazine, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. The Institute is an informal “sister” organization to Pine Manor’s MFA Program.

Jacquelyn BrownJacquelyn Brown is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University’s BA in Creative Writing Program. She is also a long-time employee of LSU, currently working as administrative coordinator in Residential Life. She has been active in her local writing community both on and off campus. Most recently she served as Assistant Poetry Editor of the LSU Delta Undergraduate Journal where —prior to her work with the journal— she published poems in 2001 and 2003. Additionally, she works with and encourages young athletes regarding literacy and the importance of reading on education. She currently resides in Baton Rouge with her husband, Michael and two children, Michael and Brianna.