Solstice MFA Newsletter




Writers Helping Writers Need-based Scholarship Fund Campaign continues until December 13. The Solstice MFA Program is raising money to help ensure that writers of all ages and backgrounds continue to take part in our inspiring, supportive community of artists. The money goes directly to our need-based scholarship fund to support writers wanting to join our MFA program and pursue their creative dreams. Please join us and make a tax-deductible donation! Go to

You can also support by checking out our SILENT AUCTION. Bidding continues NOW until December 8th. We will have a live silent auction on Saturday, December 9th at our Writers Helping Writers Reading and Auction event at Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA, 4:00-6:00 p.m. You DO NOT have to be there in person to bid- bid online and still claim one of the prized auction items! This year we are featuring artwork by writers. Contact Assistant Director Beth Little with questions ( or go to our silent auction website –

Please consider donating to help ten writers pursue their dreams! 



Faculty member Amy Hoffman will read from her new novel, The Off Season, on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Library, 12 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-524-2053. Also reading is Michelle Gabow, author of the short story collection God Is a Dog: Lost and Found in Paris.


Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes will read on Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 as part of the Women of Appalachia Project, Women Speak Series at Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV. A reception will follow the performance.


An interview with Program Director Meg Kearney, conducted by Ken Jones, will air on

KBOO Radio’s “Between the Covers” on Monday, December 11, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Listen live at The interview will be archived and available for download/streaming after its initial airing. For more info:

Graduate Heather Christie's debut novel, What The Valley Knows, will be published January 25, 2018 by Black Rose Writing.

Heather Christie's essay, "8 Things You Must Do When Your First Book Is Launched," was published by Writer's Digest and her essay, "Defender Dad," was published by Baltimore Child Magazine. 

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes' poem, "More Women Have Done This," was published in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Volume 20, Appalachia:Stay or Go.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky’s poem, “Fine,” and prose poem “Pleasure Pit” are featured in the current issue of Ploughshares.

Graduate Alejandro Ramirez's essay, "Celtics Pride," has been published by Left Hooks, and the editor of Left Hooks nominated it for a Pushcart Prize.

Graduate Teresa Sutton’s third chapbook won first place in the 2017 Encircle Chapbook Publications Contest. It is now available for purchase: One of the poems, “Dementia,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Solstice MFA in Creative Writing of Pine Manor College offers COURSES FOR AUDIT to local writers at the winter residency, January 5-14, 2018. Follow this link for more information about available courses and steps to audit:

Only $45 per class!

OTHER NEWS (awards, etc.)

Graduate Alexa Hudson's short story "Flash Flood," published in Hunger Mountain in spring 2017, has been nominated by Hunger Mountain for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

Graduate Jonathan Todd is seeking contributions for the Boston Kids Comics Fest, which he is organizing with a librarian and a Harvard Square comic-book shop owner. Contributions to this free, April 28, 2018, festival are tax-deductible:

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