Solstice MFA News


Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
 For Release: Nov. 5, 2019  


Write This Moment!


Welcome to the latest edition of the Solstice MFA Program newsletter, Write This Moment! Here are the latest happenings from our writing community, as well as some opportunities for writers of all genres.



Winter/Spring 2020 Deadlines Approaching

Are you ready to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing? If so, apply on our website before Nov. 18, 2019. If you're accepted into the program, you can start this January with our winter 2020 residency.

What if you already have an MFA for creative writing and just can't get enough of the study of writing craft? Then consider our Post-Grad Semester Program, which is open to anyone with an MFA. This option is perfect if you have a book-length manuscript and want more guidance for the next step, such as getting it ready for an agent, editor, or contest. Work one-on-one with a faculty mentor for three or five packets. Apply by Dec. 16, 2019, to start this winter.

We also have a Post-Grad Certificate Program for current MFA holders. This offering can suit you if you'd like to study in a genre different from your MFA concentration. This 22-credit program includes one year of coursework and two residencies. The deadline for this offering is also Dec. 16.

Writers Helping Writers Campaign Update

Thanks to many generous donations, we're more than 50% toward our goal just over the campaign's halfway point! We're grateful to everyone who has already donated and shared our campaign.

Let's keep the momentum going! Even donations of $5 go a long way toward our need-based scholarship fund. Give to the campaign today, and don't forget to tell your friends, family, and colleagues.

Also, don't miss the Reading and Raffle event on Nov. 17, 2019, in Somerville!

Solstice at NCTE 2019 in Baltimore

Director Meg Kearney and Assistant Director Quintin Collins, along with faculty members Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Brendan Kiely and graduates Melanie Meehan and Lindsey Applegarth, will staff the Solstice table at this year's National Council of Teachers of English Conference. The event is Nov. 21-24, 2019, in Baltimore. If you're there, you can find us in the exhibition hall at booth 641 on Nov. 22 and 23.

Additionally, don't miss our writer-in-residence Renée Watson, who will feature at a luncheon Nov. 23.
Here's a group photo from our summer 2018 residency.



Graduate Daniel Summerhill will read and give a talk at Diablo Valley College on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. as part of their Literature week.


Graduate Beth Richards read from her essay “Try Ending This Way” and had a question-and-answer session with Harvard University Extension students on Oct. 19, 2019. This creative nonfiction class is taught by Martha Nichols, editor of the Into Sanity anthology in which the essay appeared. On Oct. 24, 2019, portions of her essay “Unremarkable,” along with works by other cancer survivors, was read as part of “Pink LemonAid: When Life Hands You Lemons,” organized by faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky, at the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, MA, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Student Rebecca Connors will read on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Lily Salon, run by graduate Eileen Cleary, 9 Cottage Ave, Needham, MA.

Graduate Joanne Carota by invitation will participate at the Local Authors Fair at Chelmsford Library on Nov. 9, 2019, between 2-4 p.m. She will give an English Department faculty reading of THE DOCKS at University of Massachusetts Lowell on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at 11 a.m.


Writer-in-residence Grace Lin will participate in a Meet the Authors event for the Kalamazoo Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, from 6:30-8 p.m. at 315 South Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.  

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis is a featured author at the Rochester Shop Small Saturday Fair, Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Rd. Rochester, MI 48307.

Writer-in-residence M.L. Liebler will perform with Coyote Monk Poetry Band as part of the launch of Respect: Poetry of Detroit Music on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Third Man Records, 441 West Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201.


Writer-in-residence Renée Watson will participate in several sessions at Portland Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
Student Becca Connors (right) with graduate Eileen Cleary at Eileen's book launch for her first full-length collection, Child Ward of the Commonwealth. (Photo by Becca Connors)
Graduate Eileen Cleary (left) with fellow graduate Ieshia Karasik at the Child Ward of the Commonwealth book launch. (Photo by Becca Connors)


Faculty member José Angel Araguz’s fourth full-length poetry collection, An Empty Pot's Darkness, is available from Airlie Press.  

Image by Airlie Press

Assistant director Quintin Collins' poem "Delayed MBTA Train Home as Jimi Hendrix’s Stratocaster" appears in November 2019 issue of Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis authored several biographies, including Old Roots in a New World, Building a Beautiful Life in the New Country, I’m Just a Tag That Came on a Shirt, and The Fullness of an Overcomer’s Life, for Story Terrace.

Graduate Kat Fitzpatrick's article "Saving Family History" was featured on Dinty Moore's nonfiction blog Brevity.

Graduate Lisa Friedlander's essay "Corpus Two: Ether Matter" has been accepted for publication by Shark Reef for winter 2020.

Graduate Estela González’s story “Alebrijes” appears on Sinister Wisdom Magazine’s podcast Spoken Violets in the episode Radical Muses, Part One. You can hear it on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Student Dustin Grinnell published an essay “'Sunrise Earth’ Delivers a Morning Dose of Awe” with The Good Men Project.

Director Meg Kearney's review of Wyatt Townley’s poetry collection Rewriting the Body appears in The Common Online.

Student Megan Leduke’s concept illustration titled “Witness” was published by Rattle + Rictus as the back cover art for their Halloween 2019 publication.

Graduate Claire McCabe's CNF essay “Rite of Passage” is included in the print edition of the 2018 anthology, Real Women Write: Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Our Lives, published by the Story Circle Network. Three of her poems—"Damned Sunday Vices: View from the Third Floor,” “What the F*ck: Monday Morning Strike,” and “Sonnet for Sh*tty, Rotten Love”—were accepted for the anthology What Sort of F*ckery is This, published by the Devil’s Party Press. Another poem, “Under the Clootie Tree,” was published in the Bay to Ocean 2019 anthology published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association.

Graduate Kemal Onor’s short story “The Rat” has been accepted for publication by Jitter Press for publication.

Graduate Beth Richards' essay “Imperative” was awarded honorable mention for the Robert and Adele Schiff Prize in Creative Nonfiction and will be published in the upcoming issue of the Cincinnati Review.

Graduate Lisa Sullivan’s poem “On Frairy Street” has been accepted by The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review for publication.
Graduate Daniel Summerhill with faculty member Laure-Anne Bosselaar following his reading at the Santa Barbara Public Library.


Graduate Claire McCabe was promoted to assistant professor of English at the University of Delaware. This fall, she is leading two undergraduate courses in National Novel Writing Month.

Graduate Lisa Sullivan will be teaching two new workshops in addition to her regular poetry offerings at the Plymouth Center for the Arts in Massachusetts: “Poetry & Photography” and “Poetry as Memoir.” Check out all of her current classes and workshops.  

Graduate Kim Suhr will give a reading and participate in the panel titled “Educators and Storytellers: Mosaics of Fiction” at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books on Nov. 2, 2019, in Waukesha, WI.

Graduate Daniel Summerhill presented at Tedx Talk on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Laney College in Oakland, CA.
A workshop in the Annenberg Library during our summer 2012 residency.
Members of our Solstice community at our summer 2012 residency barbecue.


Student Andy Smart's poem "Margot Teaches Me How to Fight Bulls," published in River Heron Review, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
A workshop from our winter 2016 residency.


Cave Canem has applications open for its 2020 retreat, which runs June 7-13 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Applicants must be black poets of African descent and 21 years of age or older. Retreat faculty include Major Jackson, Robin Coste Lewis, Evie Shockley, and Frank X Walker, as well as visiting poet francine j. harris. The application fee is $20, and the deadline is Dec. 20, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply online via Submittable.

Glassworks Magazine seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, craft essay, art, and new media submissions. Entry is free and closes Dec. 15, 2019. Submit your work via Submittable.

New Limestone Review is seeking submissions for the Ada Limón Autumn Poetry Contest judged by Julia Johnson. The winner will receive $500 and publication, second place will receive $250 and publication, and third place will also receive publication. The submission fee is $12, and the contest will be open until Dec. 15, 2019.

Nowhere Magazine is a literary travel-writing publication that awards two authors per year $1,000 each for their winning entry into its spring and fall writing contests. They're in the midst of their fall version and seek fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or essay submissions. The fee is $20 through Nov. 30, 2019, and increases Dec. 1, 2019. The deadline is Jan. 1, 2020. Submit your work via Submittable.

Pigeon Pages' Essay Contest seeks previously unpublished creative nonfiction pieces of 3,000 words or fewer. The fee is $10, and the deadline is Nov. 15, 2019. Submit your work via Submittable.

The Porter House Review's Editor's Prize is open for submissions. Fiction entries are $10 with a $1,000 prize to the winner. Nonfiction and poetry also have a $10 entry fee, with $750 and $500 prizes, respectively. Visual art entries are $5, and the winner receives $200. Submissions close Dec. 1, 2019. Submit your work via Submittable.

Thin Air magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts, as well as works that "defy categorization," for its spring 2020 print issue. The submission fee is $3 for fiction, CNF, and poetry. Visual art submissions are free. Submissions close Dec. 1, 2019. Submit your work via Submittable.

Tiferet Journal seeks fiction, nonfiction, and visual media/arts for its spring 2020 issue. Submissions are $3 for fiction and nonfiction and free for visual media/arts. They close Dec. 23, 2019. Submit your work via Submittable. 


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 Program 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.

 Quintin Collins
 Solstice MFA Assistant Director
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