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[Chestnut Hill, MA, December 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that acclaimed children’s writer and poet Nancy Willard will serve as commencement speaker for its winter 2013 graduation ceremony. The commencement will take place Saturday, January 12 at 4 p.m. in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill.

Multi-genre author Nancy Willard is the author of two short story collections and three novels for adults, including Things Invisible to See, Sister Water, and The Doctrine of the Leather-Stocking Jesus: Collected Stories. Her myriad novels for young adults include Island of the Grass King and Firebrat; her dozen books of poetry include Water Walker, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Swimming Lessons: New and Selected Poems; In the Salt Marsh; and—most recently— The Sea at Truro. In addition to her graphic novels, she has written nearly 20 picture books including The Moon & Riddles Diner and the Sunnyside Café, Nightgown of the Sullen Moon, Sweep Dreams, The Well-Mannered Balloon, A Starlit Snowfall, and A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers, which was awarded the Newbery Medal. Nancy lyrically adapted the traditional tale “East of the Sun & West of the Moon” into a play in 1989, which was published and illustrated in full color by Barry Moser. A documentary about Nancy and her work, “Uncommon Sense: The Art & Imagination of Nancy Willard,” was directed by Michael Mayhew and co-written with producer Ken Robinson in 2003. Awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and poetry, her work has been widely anthologized. She teaches in the English department at Vassar College and lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, with her husband, the photographer Eric Lindbloom.


 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.

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