Solstice MFA News





Two Post-Graduate Solstice Programs

Do you have an MFA in Creative Writing already? 

Further your study with the Solstice Post-Grad Semester Program, open to anyone with an MFA in Creative Writing!

Are you close to finishing a book-length manuscript, and in need of a bit more guidance? If you would like to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor for three or five packets, check out more information here:

Solstice also offers a Post-Grad Certificate Program! This program enables those already possessing an MFA degree to further their studies in a genre secondary to their MFA concentration. Adding a year of coursework and two residencies to the two years required for the MFA degree, the Certificate represents 22 credits and serves those writers who wish to master a second genre.

Over the years, many program alumni have said they’d like to continue on or come back for “another MFA” in order to focus on a different genre; our new Post-Grad Certificate accommodates that desire—and the program is open to anyone with an MFA in Creative Writing degree. Having a certificate in a second genre also gives students who hope to teach creative writing at the college level a leg-up in the job market.

Go here for more information:

Contact Program Director Meg Kearney ( or Assistant Director Beth Little ( if you’d like to discuss these great options! NOTE: The deadline to apply for the Post-Grad Semester Program deadline is June 11. We’re also taking applications for writers hoping to start the Post-Grad Certificate Program in winter 2020 (deadline: December 16).

Local to Boston?

Want to audit classes this summer at the Solstice MFA Program? 

At the start of each semester, the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College hosts a 10-day residency on our campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. A select number of classes are open to serious writers who wish to audit graduate-level Craft, Criticism, & Theory (CC&T) courses. Auditors are asked to commit to doing the preparatory work and required reading for each class attended. Each class is two-hours long and costs $45.

The deadline for registering to audit classes during our summer 2019 residency, scheduled for July 5 -14, 2019, is Monday, June 17, 2019.

What classes are available? Go here to check them out:

You can see the bios of our faculty and guests here: and



Graduate Faye Rapoport DesPres will be doing a reading of Little White: The Feral Cat Who Found a Home at the Waltham Public Library on June 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. Faye's presentation will include a discussion about feral cats and trap/neuter/release programs.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read with graduate Quintin Collins and others on Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. as part of Solstice Literary Magazine’s new reading and music series: “Night Riffs” At the Lilypad. 1353 Cambridge Street, Inman Square, MA. $5.00 suggested cover, open to the public.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman will keynote the Stonewall 50 Community Meeting: Finding the Future in the Past, on June 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

Alum Eileen Cleary will read on Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Outpost 186 ½ (Rear) Hampshire Street Cambridge, MA. 02139 with poets Cathy Morocco, Kelly Dumar, Jenny Grassl, Bob Carr, and Paul Nemser.

Alum Eileen Cleary will feature on Saturday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Salem Art’s Festival. The festival celebrates art in all its forms.

Faculty member Amy Hoffman, together with other essayists included in the anthology In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50, the Gay & Lesbian Review at 25: Best Essays, 1994-2018, will participate in a reading and discussion at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, on June 10, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Alum Eileen Cleary will be the featured poet Thursday, June 20 at 7-9 p.m. on Cable Tv’s For Love of Words in Easton, MA. She will participate in an interview and read from Child Ward of the Commonwealth.


Faculty member Amy Hoffman, together with other essayists included in the anthology In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50, the Gay & Lesbian Review at 25: Best Essays, 1994-2018, will participate in a reading and discussion at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY on June 7, at 7:00 p.m.


To celebrate the release of the 10th edition of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, graduate Kim Suhr will be in conversation with Janet Burroway at Boswell Books in Milwaukee, WI on Wed. June 19th at 7 pm.


Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem, “At Sixteen Months: Brown and Gold” will be published in the Spring 2019 issue of West Texas Literary Review.

Current student Jennifer Grant’s essay “Cryptic Space” has been accepted by Coffin Bell Journal for publication.

Student Dustin Grinnell published “How to Write with Aphantasia” with Aphantasia Network, and “The Real Causes of Chronic Pain, According to John Sarno, MD with Watkins Mind Body Spirit.

Graduate Kemal Onor's story “What God does in a grocery store” has been accepted for publication by Unstamatic.

Graduate Billy Still’s book, The Jawbone of a Carnivore, Praying the Pathway to Peace, Austin Macauley Publishers; date of publication is June 10, 2019.

Graduate Kim Suhr's short story "Open Book," appeared in the Spring 2019 edition of Wisconsin People & Ideas. (

Graduate Daniel Summerhill's poems “How to Die after They've Buried You, I am Teaching Miles how to Speak” and “All of the Other seek Refuge Here” have been accepted by Cog and will be published in their May issue. His poem, “Albany Middle School Teaches a Lesson on Entrepreneurship” will be published by The Hellbore in their fall issue.


Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will teach a workshop on the self-portrait poem on Sunday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Gallery of the Old Town Hall, Salem, MA as part of the Salem Festival of the Arts.

Faculty Laure-Anne Bosselaar will teach at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference in Santa Barbara, CA from June 16th through the 21st. (

On June 1, Program Director Meg Kearney will present “Taking Control of Our Adoption Stories” (through poetry & fiction) at the annual Adoptive & Foster Family Coalition of New York Conference. Information about the AFFCNY Conference can be found here:

Faculty member Sandra Scofield will teach three courses on novel writing June 14–28 at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City, IA. She has taught in the festival every summer since 1993. She will also present a noon lecture during the first week on “Refine Your Writing With Attention to Style.” Her numerous noon lectures are accessible as podcasts at The Writing University Podcast; an app is available on Apple Podcasts.

Graduate Lisa Sullivan is teaching poetry classes and workshops at the Plymouth Center for the Arts (, including “Free Verse—What Is It, and How Do I Write It?,” “Stepping Outside the 5-7-5: How to Write English Language Haiku,” and “Poetry and Photography”-- an Ekphrasis workshop.

OTHER NEWS (Awards, etc.)

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky is interviewed by monthly poetry reviewer for The Washington Post and producer, Elizabeth Lund, for “Poetic Lines.”


As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.