Solstice MFA Newsletter February 2017




Our Writers Helping Writers Scholarship Fund Campaign surpassed its goal and raised more than $5,000 to help students with significant financial need! Thank you to all who contributed. Now is the time to support the arts and artists; we appreciate you!

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is accepting applications for students who would like to start the program in summer 2017. For this term, we are pleased to offer The Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices. In honor of the distinguished essayist & poet Kurt Brown, Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown—Kurt Brown’s wife and a faculty member of the Solstice MFA Program—and Lee Hope, Editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, underwrite an annual first-semester fellowship of $1,500 to a writer in any genre who has applied and been accepted to the Solstice MFA Program. This fellowship especially seeks to support individuals from cultural, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds who otherwise might not be adequately represented in the program. The postmark deadline is March 13, 2017. For more information, go to:



Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will read on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. as part of a reading from Nancy Drew Anthology: Writing and Art Featuring Everybody’s Favorite Female Sleuth, at Porter Sq. Books, Cambridge, MA


Program Director Meg Kearney is the feature at Plymouth State University’s Eagle Pond Authors Series, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main Street, PlymouthNH, on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7 p.m. For more info email


SOLSTICE will be at the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference in Washington, DC – February 8-11, 2017. Below is a list of all the events in which our faculty, students, and staff will be participating/presenting/reading. If you will be in DC, please visit our TABLE at the BOOKFAIR (table #415-T)!


Thursday, February 9

Student Eileen Cleary will be participating in the Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poets Reading with Lori Desrosiers, Lisa Kwong, and Lucille Lang Day. Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m. Location: Cody D. Todd Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Halls D & E, Convention Center, Level Two – Conference Hotel

A Lecture by Solstice Consulting Writer Jacqueline Woodson, Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Location: Ballroom B, Washington Convention Center, Level Three – Conference Hotel

Writer-in-Residence Michael Steinberg: "I Didn't Ask to Be in Your Story”: When Real Names Matter and When They Don’t.  Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Location: Marquis Salon 5, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two – Conference Hotel

Program Director Meg Kearney will be signing her new YA verse novel, When You Never Said Goodbye. Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Location: AWP book fair: Persea Books table #270 - Conference Hotel

Faculty Member Renée Watson will serve on a panel: Black Girl Magic, Blues, & Beauty in Young Adult Literature. Number: R268. Time: 4:30pm - 5:45pm. Location: Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two – Conference Hotel

Faculty Member Robert Lopez will be giving a reading with Kim Addonizio, Sam Ligon, J. Robert Lennon, and others. Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Boundary Stone, 116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

** Solstice MFA Alumni Reading – featuring alumni and students of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program. Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Location: 1905 Bistro & Bar – 1905 9th Street NW – 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20001

Friday, February 10

Writer-in-Residence Michael Steinberg appears on the panel The Vein of Jade: What a Single Detail Can Reveal in Nonfiction. Time: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Location: Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four – Conference Hotel

Faculty Member Renée Watson serves on a panel: Young Adult Literature: A Political and Social Revolution. Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Location: Liberty Salon L, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four - Conference Hotel

Faculty Member Robert Lopez will give a reading with Michael Martone, Rikki Ducornet, Amber Sparks and others. Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave NW

Faculty Member Robert Lopez will give a reading with Danielle Dutton, Jesse Lee Kercheval, and others. Time: 8:00 p.m. Location: The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St NW

*** Solstice MFA Program Celebration: All Invited! Celebrate with the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program community! Come have a drink and some hors d'oeuvres on us! Bring friends and prospective students! Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Location: Silver Linden Room, Marriott Marquis, Mezzanine Level - Conference Hotel

Saturday, February 11

Faculty Member Robert Lopez will give a reading with Nat Baldwin, Claire Donato, and others. Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Rhizome, 6950 Maple St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Writer-in-Residence Terrance Hayes will be featured at A Reading by Rita Dove, Terrance Hayes, and Ocean Vuong, Sponsored by the Academy of American PoetsTime: 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Location: Ballroom A, Washington Convention Center, Level Three – Conference Hotel


Faculty member Amy Hoffman's novel The Off Season has been accepted for publication by the University of Wisconsin Press and will come out in fall 2017.

Knowing Knott: Essays on an American Poet, edited by faculty member Steve Huff, with essays by Tom Lux, Michael Waters, Stephen Dobyns, Star Black, Timothy Liu, and many others, will appear February 1 from Tiger Bark Press.

Program Director Meg Kearney’s novel-in-verse, When You Never Said Goodbye, the third and final book in the young-adult Lizzie McLane trilogy, comes out at the end of February 2017 (Persea Books). For more information, visit

Faculty member Robert Lopez’s third novel, All Back Full, a novel in three actswill come out on February 14. More information: (Dzanc books)

Graduate Danielle DeTiberus' poem "The Force" was published in Heavy Feather Review's #NotMyPresident series: (

Faculty member Renée Watson’s novel Piecing Me Together will come out on February 14, 2017 (Bloomsbury). For more information, visit:


Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will take part in a panel on writing and the writing process on Friday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Schroon Lake Central School, Schroon Lake, NY.

OTHER NEWS (awards, etc.)

Faculty member Renée Watson’s forthcoming novel, Piecing Me Together, was featured in Ebony Magazine this month as a Must-Read title.

Program Director Meg Kearney’s new book, When You Never Said Goodbye, received a glowing review by Kirkus. Read the review at