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[Chestnut Hill, MA, March, 2013] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce its new faculty member, creative nonfiction writer and poet Reginald Dwayne Betts. Mr. Betts will be joining the MFA program for the fall 2013 semester, which begins with the summer 2013 residency–to be held June 28-July 7 on the Pine Manor College campus.

An award-winning writer and poet, Reginald Dwayne Betts is author of a memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (Penguin, 2009), recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for nonfiction. In 2010 he was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship to complete The Circumference of a Prison (Penguin, 2013), a work of nonfiction exploring the criminal justice system. In addition, Dwayne is author of a collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010). He has received a Pushcart Prize and a Ruth Lily Fellowship, and his work appears in The Best American Poetry 2012. In addition to his writing, Dwayne is involved in a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Campaign for Youth Justice, for which he serves as a national spokesperson. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He received a B.A. from the University of Maryland and his MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and was recently a Radcliffe Fellow to Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies. He has taught creative writing in a number of venues, including the University of Maryland and Emerson University. A husband and father of two young sons, Dwayne lives in Massachusetts.

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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