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Solstice MFA News

SOLSTICE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM

FACULTY, STAFF, GRADUATE, & STUDENT NEWS FOR AUGUST 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT: 

Solstice MFA Program Assistant Director Beth Little is leaving her position on July 31 to go back into the high school humanities classroom at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. The transition is bittersweet as she has loved working for Solstice, of which she is an alum. Her replacement is also an alum of the program, poet Quintin Collins. Beth is thrilled Quintin will be the one stepping into the AD role.

Maximum Tilt: An Anthology from the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College, is available for purchase now. This issue includes prose, poetry, and hybrid work by Solstice grads and students, and writers/artists outside the immediate Solstice family. All proceeds, less printing costs, are donated to the Writers Helping Writers Fund.

READINGS & EVENTS: 

MASSACHUSETTS

Graduate Eileen Cleary will read at The Community Church of Boston as part of the Boston Poetry Marathon on Sunday, August 18 at 4:24 p.m. 

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will read on Friday, August 23, 2:00 p.m. at the Hollihock Writers Conference, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 715 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA. https://www.hollihock.org

Graduate Eileen Cleary will read on Friday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Hollihock Writer’s Conference at 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

NEW YORK

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Sunday, August 4 at 6 p.m. as part of The Bowery Poetry Club’s “Why There Are Words” series hosted by Mike Collins. 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston Streets in Manhattan’s East Village, NY. Doors open at 5:30 pm; $8 in advance, $10 at the door To purchase tickets, go to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2717249

PUBLICATIONS, RADIO, & BLOGS

Graduate Joanne Carota published her novel The Docks on July 25, 2019 available on:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733106901/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=joanne+carota+the+docks&qid=1564087287&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Graduate Renee Cote’s prose poem, “Mountains Like Whitecap Waves,” has been published in the July 2019 Maximum Tilt Anthology.

Graduate Estela González's story "Alebrijes" appears on the Summer 2019 issue of Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal.

Student Dustin Grinnell’s personal essay, “Hoedown at McDonald’s” was published in The Good Men Project.

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes' poem, Naming/Not Naming, was one of nine poems solicited for the Athens, Ohio Spring Poetry Stroll, a multimedia project of the Athens Poet Laureate. https://ohiou.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=5b183d6b80f94ab39c9ad67a2a77a771#

Graduate Elizabeth Mercurio's Chapbook Doll has been accepted for publication and is forthcoming from Lily Poetry Books in Spring 2020. Also, her poems, "Inward" and "Camille Claudel at the Museum in Paris" have been accepted by The Lily Poetry Review and will appear in the Summer 2019 issue.

Graduate Jessica Messier's short story, "Girl Number Four," has been accepted by The Sunlight Press for publication.

Student Andy Smart's essay “Putting It Out” has been accepted by Sleet Magazine for publication.

Graduate Billy Still’s book, The Jawbone of a Carnivore, Praying the Pathway to Peace, was recently published by Austin Macauley Publishers.

TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will be leading a workshop on How to Teach and Organize Community Workshops, Friday August 9, 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. at Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury CT. http://wcsu.edu/writing-mfa/wp-content/uploads/sites/172/2019/07/2019-MFA-Summer-Program.pdf

Kathleen Aguero will also conduct a workshop on Creative Writing for Caregivers, Friday August 23, 4-4:50 p.m. at the Hollihock Writers Conference, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 715 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA. https://www.hollihock.org

Graduate Eileen Cleary will teach a workshop called “I Am Who I Say I am” on the persona poem on Friday, August 23 at 4:00 p.m. as part of the Hollihock Writer’s Conference at 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

OTHER NEWS (Awards, etc.)

Faculty member Laura Williams McCaffrey is one of the judges for the 2019 Vermont Book Award: https://www.vcfa.edu/vermont-book-award/